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Patient Information Leaflets (PILs)

These Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) are specially written by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD).

The BAD has been awarded The Information Standard certification for the process it employs to develop information products aimed at the general public, which include PILs, Sun Awareness Campaign materials, and other information products.

The BAD shall hold responsibility for the accuracy of the information published, and neither the scheme operator nor the scheme owner shall have any responsibility for costs, losses, or direct or indirect damages or costs arising from inaccuracy of information or omissions in information published on the website on behalf of the BAD.

Please note:

  1. There are thousands of different skin complaints, therefore, the focus of the British Association of Dermatologists' PILs production is on the most common, rarest or debilitating skin conditions.
  2. The offer to provide details of source materials used to inform the British Association of Dermatologists' PILs is for instances where the advice provided in the PILs does not reflect local practice and therefore evidence supporting said advice needs to be produced. It is not an offer to conduct literature searches or supply bibilographic materials for your own research.

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Extramammary Paget's Disease

Extra-mammary Paget’s disease (EMPD) is a rare, slow-growing disease that is a pre-invasive form of skin cancer. It looks similar to a patch of eczema and usually affects skin in the genital area and around the anus. It is commonest in people aged over 50, with studies showing it peaks at around age 65. It is less common in males and in skin of colour.

Primary EMPD arises from cells in the skin, whilst secondary EMPD is due to spread of pre-cancerous or cancerous cells from nearby or distant organs/regions, most commonly the opening to the bladder (urethra), cervix, bladder or bowel.

Paget’s disease, in contrast, refers to the same type of changes occurring in the breast or nipple.There is no relation between EMPD and another disease called Paget’s disease of the bone.

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