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Dry patch on breast

By June 9, 2016 - 8:30am
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Hi. So i am a healthy 20 year old female with absolutely no history of any sort of cancer. I recently had this problem where the skin of my left nipple went flaky. After all the skin came off it was back to normal. However i also have this small hard dry patch of about 2mm on the areola of the same left breast . I think it is getting better. But that's just a guess. I have read about pagets disease. Can anyone tell me what this is and should I be worried? thank you in advance

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Hello simrah95,

Thank you for reaching out to our community with your concern.

Have you contacted your physician about this?

simrah95, please contact your doctor's office, report this and schedule an appointment. A physician's evaluation will give you an answer to what this is.

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.

Approximately 1 to 4 percent of all cases of breast cancer also involve Paget disease of the breast. The average age at diagnosis is 57 years, but the disease has been found in adolescents and in people in their late 80s.

The symptoms of Paget disease of the breast are often mistaken for those of some benign skin conditions, such as dermatitis or eczema. These symptoms may include the following:

itching, tingling, or redness in the nipple and/or areola
flaking, crusty, or thickened skin on or around the nipple
a flattened nipple
discharge from the nipple that may be yellowish or bloody

Because the early symptoms of Paget disease of the breast may suggest a benign skin condition, and because the disease is rare, it may be misdiagnosed at first. People with Paget disease of the breast have often had symptoms for several months before being correctly diagnosed.

Please keep in touch,

June 9, 2016 - 9:00am
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