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How do I know if I have Paget's disease or breast cancer?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: Both are form of Can

The paget disease of the breast is a form of cancer which presents on the surface of the breast, in and around the nipple and areola.
It is sometimes mistaken for a benign skin condition because of the itching, redness and crusting of the nipple. But there is often an associated mass/lump in the deeper part of the breast which can be confirmed with mammography. Both conditions are treated similarl.

In brief: Both are form of Can

The paget disease of the breast is a form of cancer which presents on the surface of the breast, in and around the nipple and areola.
It is sometimes mistaken for a benign skin condition because of the itching, redness and crusting of the nipple. But there is often an associated mass/lump in the deeper part of the breast which can be confirmed with mammography. Both conditions are treated similarl.
Dr. Sewa Legha
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
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In brief: Plz C Breast Surgeon

Paget's disease is defined as cancer cells within the skin of the nipple.
It is associated with an underlying cancer somewhere in the breast 95%of the time. Dx is made by a nipple (skin) biopsy. Surgical rx requires removal of the nipple-areolar complex and the cancer (if present); while not mandatory, this often requires a mastectomy to accomplish both.

In brief: Plz C Breast Surgeon

Paget's disease is defined as cancer cells within the skin of the nipple.
It is associated with an underlying cancer somewhere in the breast 95%of the time. Dx is made by a nipple (skin) biopsy. Surgical rx requires removal of the nipple-areolar complex and the cancer (if present); while not mandatory, this often requires a mastectomy to accomplish both.
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Paget's disease is a form of a breast cancer
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