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Wednesday, September 30, 2009 jayne, Community Member, asks

Q: Question anbout dry patch around nipple area?

I have a dry patch on my nipple - which is clearing but the skin is now a different colour underneath - and I can notice it quite clearly - I suffer from itchy breasts (both) and told they were hormonal due to my age - 42. We have no breast cancer history that I am aware of in our family.

My question is - which doctor should I go to first - as I live in Greece and we go to specialists - side stepping the GP. Should I go to a skin or gyno?

Any help would be appreciated - really want to check it out. Thanks

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
9/30/09 5:42am

If they have breast specialists there, Jayne, you could bypass everyone else and go right to the doctor who'll be able to give you the clearest answer. A breast specialist deals with ALL breast issues. Next best choice would be your gyno. You want to rule out Paget's Disease, which is a rare breast cancer that can start with changes in the nipple/areola. While it's most probably something else, it would be good to have that possibility checked, OK? Good luck - PJH

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