Paget’s disease is a relatively uncommon condition usually involving the nipple and areolar area of the breast. It is almost invariably found in association with papillary intraductal carcinoma (breast cancer) in the same breast. Early diagnosis and treatment is imperative if the problem is to be treated effectively. Any breast lesion involving the nipple should be properly evaluated by a dermatologist.
Occasionally, Paget’s disease can occur in extramammary locations usually in the groin or perirectal area, in either males or females. These are often associated with a cancer in a nearby organ. These lesions often go undiagnosed for a long period of time. Any skin problem that is not resolved within 4-6 weeks could benefit from a dermatology consult.