Paget disease of the breast also known as Paget disease of the nipple and mammary Paget disease is a rare type of cancer involving the skin of the nipple and, usually, the darker circle of skin around it, which is called the areola. Most people with Paget disease of the breast also have one or more tumors inside the same breast. These breast tumors are either ductal carcinoma in situ or invasive breast cancer 1 — 3. Paget disease of the breast is named after the 19th century British doctor Sir James Paget, who, in , noted a relationship between changes in the nipple and breast cancer.
Back to Health A to Z. It causes eczema-like changes to the skin of the nipple and the area of darker skin surrounding the nipple areola. Paget's disease of the nipple always starts in the nipple and may extend to the areola. The affected skin is often sore and inflamed, and it can be itchy or cause a burning sensation.
Breast and nipple changes can be a sign of breast cancer. Make an appointment with your doctor if you notice anything unusual. Paget's PAJ-its disease of the breast is a rare form of breast cancer.
Show less These conditions are rare cancers of the reproductive organs that can be scary to deal with since you may not know much about them. These diseases are generally treated with surgery and follow up care. This article was co-authored by Sarah Gehrke, RN.