Bowen’s Disease

Close up of Bowen's disease patch on the face of an elderly personBowen’s disease is a precancerous skin condition that may be found anywhere on the body. It is caused by exposure to sunlight or arsenic compounds and appears as a sharply edged red patch covered with a fine scale. Biopsy or excision is required to make diagnosis.

Spots should be surgically removed or chemically destroyed, as they can progress to become a squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).

(Last modified: 13th Nov 2014)

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