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Breast Cancer

Itching areola

01/18/2008

Question:

Hello, I have discovered an itchy circle, about the size of a dime on my right areola. It appears redder than the nearby tissue, itches, and is a little scaly to touch. I have been using good moisturizers on this patch for about 2 weeks with no improvement.

What do you suggest?

Answer:

You should see a dermatologist or a breast specialist for a possible biopsy. This is likely benign, but there is a nipple condition that is related to breast cancer (Paget's disease of the nipple) that could look like what you are describing.

Related Resources:

Paget disease of the nipples
Paget’s disease

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Response by:

Paula  Silverman, MD Paula Silverman, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University