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August 23, 2006

Three Treatments Remove Precancerous Skin Growths - And Also Slow Skin Cancer

Topics: Skin Cancer

actinic keratosis.jpgAcid skin peel, laser resurfacing, and a chemotherapy cream all remove precancerous skin growths and slow skin cancer. Precancerous growths, small areas of discrete roughness to the skin, come from too much sun. When a person has a lot of them, they tend to become squamous cell carcinomas:

[...] Doctors often burn off these growths, called actinic keratoses, with liquid nitrogen. But there's evidence other ways of removing them work at least as well.

Also, the other techniques appear to do another very important thing: They slow the development of cancer.

Hantash, of Palo Alto, Calif., and colleagues compared three of these techniques in 24 men. The patients had an average age of 73; all but three had previously had skin cancers removed. Five similar patients served as an untreated comparison group.

... Before treatment, the 24 men had dozens of precancerous facial growths.

... The researchers treated the men with laser resurfacing, an acid skin peel, or a topical cream containing fluorouracil, a chemotherapy drug.

... All treatments worked, reducing the number of precancerous skin growths by 83% (chemo cream), 89% (skin peel), and 92% (laser).

Continue reading "3 Treatments Slow Skin Cancer."

Posted by Richard at August 23, 2006 2:11 PM


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