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Bowen’s Disease

Bowens disease is commonly known as intraepidermal squamous cell carcinoma. It is a very early form of skin cancer

Bowen’s disease—may not be a familiar term for you but later on, you’ll find out that this word should not be ignored. This disease when untreated can lead to intraepidermal squamous cell carcinoma. These are healthy cells before that developed later into cancerous cells located on the epidermis of the skin. Though, it is a mild condition, when progress it can cause an aggressive skin cancer.

That is the reason why dermatologists always monitor and treat Bowen’s disease to prevent it from becoming cancer.

The cause

If you are a person that loves the sun rays, then, think about it again if you will still engage on prolonged sun exposure. Bowen’s disease is a result of overexposure to the sun, and it leads to abnormal growth of cells in the epidermis. Sometimes, it is also caused by a previous radiotherapy or an infection by the human papillomavirus that causes warts. In shorter terms, this disease can be an allergy or an infection.  Either way, it is always important to seek advice from a dermatologist if you notice rashes on your skin.

Some people think that this disease is hereditary. If one member of your family suffers from this ailment, it doesn’t mean that it will be automatically passable unto you. It’s just that you will get the higher risk of getting this disease.

Beware of the symptoms

Most of the time, Bowen’s disease has no visible sign. But, over time you can notice a patch on your skin usually red with a curved outline and can be scaly or crusty. This piece grows little by little over time and grows up to millimeters up to several centimeters and can be seen in the head, and the in the sun-exposed skin of the hands and legs.

If you see developed a lump on your patch, then it is an indication that cancerous cells are invading that area.

 How to prevent Bowen’s disease?

  • Wear clothes that can protect your skin from the hot rays of the sun. Avoid going outside especially when the sun is so hot usually in the afternoon. Use sunblock with sun protection factor or SPF 30.
  • Make sure that you check your patches and avoid getting other parcels.
  • See a doctor if you see developing patches on your skin or if the previous patch looks severe. Contact your dermatologist if the pieces take a new form.

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