This is a chain e-mail . It first appeared in 2001 .
Subject: Fwd: "Pagets disease"
A woman developed a rash on her breast, similar to that of young mothers who are
nursing. Because her mammogram had been clear, the Doctor treated her with antibiotics for infections.
After 2 rounds and it continued to get worse, her doctor sent her for another mammogram, and this time
it showed a mass. A biopsy showed a fast growing tumor. Radiation was started to shrink the growth;
then mastectomy; then a full round of chemo; then radiation.
After about 9 months of intense treatment, she was given a clean bill of health. One year of living each
day to its fullest-then it returned to the liver area. She took 4 treatments and decided that she
wanted quality of life, not the after effects of chemo.
She had 5 great months with her family and she planned each detail of the final days. After just a few days of
needing morphine, she slipped away saying she had done what God had sent her into the world to do and now
it was her time to go.
Her message is shown below. And PLEASE - Be alert to anything that is not normal, and be persistent in
getting help as soon as possible.
This is a rare form of breast cancer, and is on the
outside of the breast, on the nipple and aureola. It
appeared as a rash, which later became a lesion with a
crusty outer edge. I would not have ever suspected it
to be breast cancer but it was. My nipple never seemed
any different to me, but the rash bothered me, so I
went to the doctor for that. Sometimes, it itched and
was sore, but other than that it didn't bother me. It
was just ugly and a nuisance, and could not be cleared
up with all the creams prescribed by my doctor and
dermatologist for the dermatitis on my eyes just prior
to this outbreak. They seemed a little concerned but
did not warn me it could be cancerous. Now I suspect
there are not many women out there who know a lesion
or rash on the nipple or aureola can be breast cancer.
Mine started out as a single red pimple on the
aureola. One of the biggest problems with PAGET'S
disease of the nipple is that the symptoms appear
to be harmless. It is frequently thought to be a skin
inflammation or infection, leading to unfortunate
delays in detection and care.
What are the symptoms? The symptoms include:
1. A persistent redness, oozing, and crusting of your
nipple causing it to itch and burn. (As I stated, mine
did not itch or burn much, and had no oozing I was
aware of, but it did have a crust along the outer edge
on one side.)
2. A sore on your nipple that will not heal. (Mine was
on the aureola area with a whitish thick looking area
in center of nipple).
3. Usually only one nipple is affected.
How is it diagnosed?
Your doctor will do a physical exam and should suggest
having a mammogram of both breasts, done immediately.
Even though the redness, oozing and crusting closely
resemble dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), your
doctor should suspect cancer if the sore is only on
Your doctor should order a biopsy of your sore to
confirm what is going on. They will take a sample of
your breast tissue in that area to test for cancer. If
the cancer is only in the nipple and not in the
breast, your doctor may recommend just removing the
nipple and surrounding tissue or suggest radiation
Had my doctor caught mine right away, instead of
flaking it off as dermatitis, perhaps they could have
saved my breast, and it wouldn't have gone to my lymph
This message should be taken seriously and passed on
to as many of your friends as possible; it could save
someone's life. My breast cancer has spread and
metastasizes to my bones after receiving mega doses of
chemotherapy, 28 treatments of radiation and taking
tamaxofin. If this had been diagnosed as breast cancer
in the beginning, perhaps it would not have spread...
TO ALL READERS-This is sad as women are not aware of
If, by passing this around on the e-mail, we can make
others aware of it, and its potential danger, we are
helping women everywhere.
Please, if you can, take a moment to forward this
message to as many people as possible, especially to
your family and friends. It only takes a moment, yet
the results could save a life!