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Paget’s Disease of the Breast


Paget’s disease of the breast is a condition causing eczema-like appearance in the nipple and areola, usually accompanied by underlying breast cancer.

Causes are not clear but risk factors include:

  • Family or personal history of breast cancer
  • Never having a child
  • Early start of periods
  • Late menopause
  • Hormone replacement  therapy


  • Rash
  • Inflammation
  • Scaling or flaking
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Crusting
  • Bleeding
  • Discharge
  • Flat or inverted nipple
  • Lump under the nipple or areola


  • Mastectomy: Removal of the entire breast
  • Lumpectomy: Removal of only the affected part of the breast
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy

Since causes are not clear, there is no way to prevent Paget’s disease of the breast.