A 44-year-old member asked:
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how can you tell if something is paget's disease breast cancer, or only nipple-eczema?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Biopsy: Diagnosis may require biopsy of the lesion and examination of the tissue by a pathologist.
Answered on Jun 10, 2017
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Biopsy: Often a skin biopsy is indicated to tell if the condition is benign or if it is cancerous.
Answered on Mar 22, 2020
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Dr. Sean Canale
Dr. Sean Canale commented
29 years experience Breast Surgery
A skin punch takes about a minute in the office with local anesthesia and no sutures.
Jul 6, 2012
Dr. Sean Canale
Dr. Sean Canale commented
29 years experience Breast Surgery
A skin punch takes about a minute in the office with local anesthesia and no sutures.
Jul 6, 2012
Dr. Sean Canale
29 years experience Breast Surgery
Skin punch bx: One may be able to tell by clinical evaluation if it is obviously one or the other. The ultimate diagnosis can be made via skin punch biopsy which can be done in the office under local and takes only a minute or two with no suturing required.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Biopsy: Biopsy will be needed to definitively differentiate paget;s disease of the breast or eczema.
Answered on Jun 10, 2017
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Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Biopsy: may be necessary to make the determination.
Answered on Sep 20, 2017

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Eczema: In a teen age girl breast cancer is highly unlikely. If the rash persist beyond 3-4 weeks, you should see your doctor.
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