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Breast Cancer/Eczema or Pagets?


Hello, I am a 17 Year Old Male. For the past 4-5 Months one of my nipples has been itchy, flaking, occasionally bleeding (I believe from scratching), became larger (twice the size of the other), and is thicker. I suffer from eczema (cheeks), so when I showed my family doc and he said it could be that, and that he isnt concerned because there were no bumps, and gave me some hydrocortosone. Long story short its been a month or so and I have lost a lot of the urge to itch the nipple, but its still twice the size, thick, and occasionally peels/half turns dark red around certain spots. I read that the chances of Pagets are basically 0 in my age, but all of these signs are puzzling. Any ideas, or is it just eczema? Thanks!

Yes I think it is very probable that it is eczema. As you yourself observe at your age the risk of anything malignant there is practically zero. To that we have to add the fact that you are male. That makes any breast related malignancy even far more improbable. So your risk of a malignancy there is indeed truly microscopic! However since this still gives you trouble and worries I do suggest that you let a dermatologist (skin doctor) check you! Good luck!

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I`m a doctor of medicine and a specialist in radiation therapy and medical oncology. I have long experience in diagnostics and treatment of breast tumours.


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