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Paget's Disease of the Breast

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Paget's Disease of the Nipple
  • Mammary Paget's Disease
  • Paget's Disease of the Nipple and Areola

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Paget's disease of the breast is a rare form of breast cancer that almost exclusively occurs in women. However, rare cases have been recorded in which men have been affected. The condition was originally reported in 1874 by Sir James Paget, an English surgeon, who also described an unrelated skeletal condition known as Paget's disease of the bone. It is essential to note that these disorders are distinct disease entities that are medically unrelated.

Paget's disease of the breast is characterized by inflammatory, "eczema-like" changes of the nipple that may extend to involve the areola, which is the circular, darkened (pigmented) region of skin surrounding the nipple. Initial findings often include itching (pruritus), scaling, and crusting of and/or discharge from the nipple. In those with Paget's disease of the breast, distinctive tumor cells (known as Paget cells) are present within the outermost layer of skin (epidermis) of the nipple. In addition, the condition is often associated with an underlying malignancy (i.e., cancer) of the milk ducts (ductal carcinoma). The malignancy may be confined to cells lining the milk ducts (carcinoma in situ) or may have invaded surrounding tissue (infiltrating carcinoma). (The milk ducts [lactiferous ducts] are the channels that carry milk secreted by lobes of the breast to the nipple.) Paget's disease of the breast is thought to represent approximately two to four percent of breast cancers.

Resources

National Women's Health Network
1413 K Street, NW
4th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
USA
Tel: (202)682-2640
Fax: (202)682-2648
Email: nwhn@nwhn.org
Internet: http://www.womenshealthnetwork.org

Skin Cancer Foundation
245 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2402
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212)725-5176
Fax: (212)725-5751
Tel: (800)754-6490
Email: info@skincancer.org
Internet: http://www.skincancer.org

American Cancer Society, Inc.
1599 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
USA
Tel: (404)320-3333
Tel: (800)227-2345
TDD: (866)228-4327
Internet: http://www.cancer.org

Rose Kushner 's Women's Breast Cancer Advisory Center
P.O. Box 757
Malaga Cove, CA 90274
Email: lkkushner@yahoo.com
Internet: http://www.rkbcac.org/

National Cancer Institute Physician Data Query
Office of Communications and Education
Public Inquiries Office
6116 Executive Blvd
Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20892-8322
Tel: (800)422-6237
Email: cancergovstaff@mail.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cancerdatabase

National Cancer Institute
6116 Executive Blvd
MSC 8322
Room 3036A
Bethesda, MD 20892-8322
USA
Tel: (301)435-3848
Tel: (800)422-6237
TDD: (800)332-8615
Email: cancergovstaff@mail.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.cancer.gov

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
135 S LaSalle St
Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60607
USA
Tel: (312)986-8338
Fax: (312)294-8597
Tel: (800)221-2141
Internet: http://www.y-me.org

OncoLink: The University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center Resource
3400 Spruce Street
2 Donner
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
USA
Tel: (215)349-8895
Fax: (215)349-5445
Email: hampshire@uphs.upenn.edu
Internet: http://www.oncolink.upenn.edu

SHARE - Self-Help For Women With Breast or Ovarian Cancer
1501 Broadway
Suite 704A
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212)719-0364
Fax: (212)869-3431
Tel: (866)891-2392
Email: info@sharecancersupport.org
Internet: http://www.sharecancersupport.org/

Canadian Breast Cancer Network
331 Cooper Street, Suite 300
Ottawa
Ontario, Intl K2P 0G5
Canada
Tel: 613-230-3044
Fax: 613-230-4424
Tel: 1-800-685-8820
Email: cbcn@cbcn.ca
Internet: http://www.cbcn.ca

Breast Cancer Society of Canada
420 East Street North
Sarnia
Ontario, N7T 6Y5
Canada
Tel: 519-336-0746
Fax: 519-336-5725
Tel: 800-567-8767
Email: bcsc@bcsc.ca
Internet: http://www.bcsc.ca

Rare Cancer Alliance
1649 North Pacana Way
Green Valley, AZ 85614
USA
Tel: (520)625-5495
Fax: (615)526-4921
Internet: http://www.rare-cancer.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

Friends of Cancer Research
1800 M Street NW
Suite 1050 South
Washington, DC 22202
Tel: (202)944-6700
Email: info@focr.org
Internet: http://www.focr.org

Cancer Support Community
1050 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202)659-9709
Fax: (202)974-7999
Tel: (888)793-9355
Internet: http://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/

Lance Armstrong Foundation
2201 E. Sixth Street
Austin, TX 78702
Tel: (512)236-8820
Fax: (512)236-8482
Tel: (877)236-8820
Email: media@livestrong.org
Internet: http://www.livestrong.org

For a Complete Report

This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

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Last Updated:  4/1/2008
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