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Bowen's Disease

  • This is a type of skin cancer (not melanoma) called squamous cell carcinoma in-situ, i.e., squamous cell cancer is completely localized in the epidermis of the skin.  It most commonly occurs in sun-damaged areas of the skin, though it can occur in any area of skin on the body (even in areas not damaged from the sun).

  • Scaling, red skin plaques (may resemble Psoriasis)

  • Skin biopsy

  • Surgical excision (lesion is cut out, this usually is done in the office, by a dermatologist)

  • Twenty percent of Bowen's disease lesions may turn into invasive squamous cell carcinoma. Invasive squamous cell carcinoma may grow into deeper structures below the skin or metastasize.

  • See your primary care physician or a dermatologist.  Left untreated, Bowen's disease may turn into invasive squamous cell carcinoma, which is a very serious disease.

  • Avoid excessive sun
  • Use of sun blocks during sun exposure
  • Avoid tanning booths.


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