PAGET’S DISEASE OF THE BREAST

 

Description

Paget’s disease of  the  breast  is a rare condition associated with breast cancer

Symptoms

  • Flaky or scaly skin on your nipple
  • Crusty, oozing or hardened skin resembling eczema on the nipple, areola or both
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • A tingling or burning sensation
  • Straw-colored or bloody nipple discharge
  • A flattened or turned-in (inverted) nipple
  • A lump in the breast
  • Thickening skin on the breast

Cause

  • ductal carcinoma

Risk factors

  • age
  • personal history of breast cancer
  • hormonal imbalances
  • alcohol
  • radiation exposure
  • dense breast tissue
  • excess weight
  • race
  • personal history of breast abnormalities
  • family history
  • inherited gene mutation

Diagnostic Tests

  • clinical breast exam and physical examination
  • mammogram
  • breast biopsy
  • sentinel lymph node biopsy

Treatment

  • simple mastectomy
  • lumpectomy
  • chemotherapy
  • radiotherapy

Lifestyle management

  • coping and support
  • learn what you need to know about your breast cancer
  • talk with other breast cancer survivors
  • find someone to talk with
  • keep your friends and family close
  • maintain intimacy with your partner
  • take care of yourself
  • Prevention
  • ask your doctor about breast cancer screening
  • self examination of breast
  • drink alcohol in moderration
  • healthy diet
  • maintain your weight
  • limit post menopausal therapy
  • excersice
  • Breast cancer risk reduction for women with a high risk
  • Preventive medications (chemoprevention)
  • Preventive surgery