Bowen’s disease

Pre-stage skin cancer

Bowen’s disease is a skin disorder where there are abnormal/restless cells throughout the entire epidermis. It is considered to be a precursor of a squamous-cell carcinoma. Squamous-cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer. Preventive treatment can prevent the spots to develop themselves into skin cancer.


Bowen’s disease looks like a red, flaky spot and usually does not include any itching or pain. It appears on parts of the body that are regularly exposed to the sun, such as the back of the hand, the lower arm, the lower leg, and face.


There are several ways to treat Bowen’s disease. For example, by surgical removal using a local anaesthesia, intensive freezing with liquid nitrogen, applying a cream that destroys the cells, or photodynamic therapy.

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