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What is Paget's Disease of the Breast?

Description of the disease

Paget's disease of the breast (also known as male breast cancer) is a rare form of cancer that begins in the milk duct of the male breast. It is named after the French surgeon Jean Paget, who first described this form of cancer in 1880.


  • Ductal Paget's disease
  • Lobular Paget's disease


  • Thickening or redness in the breast
  • Discharge from the nipple
  • Change in the shape or size of the nipple


The causes of Paget's disease are not fully understood, but risk factors include genetic predisposition, older age, and hormonal imbalances.


Diagnosis usually involves mammography, ultrasound, and biopsy.


Treatment for Paget's disease usually involves surgical removal of the tumor, as well as possibly chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy.


Prevention includes a healthy lifestyle, regular medical check-ups, and education on breast self-examination.


Paget's disease is treated by oncologists and mammologists.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.