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Breast Cancer

Redness around areola

06/01/2009

Question:

I have a red spot bordering the areola of my right breast. It isnt` around the whole breast just on the left side of the areola of the right breast. It`s been there for a month now. It does not itch/burn/hurt, it`s just there. There is no scaling/flaking. Should I be concerned? I have been reading up on Paget`s disease. I`m hoping and praying that it`s not that. Any assistance you could provide me would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:

This does not sound like Paget's disease particularly, but any new change in the skin or color of the breast or nipple should be checked by a dermatologist (skin specialist), your gynecologist, or a breast or general surgeon.

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Response by:

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