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Say goodbye to skin cancer, scars

Oct 30, 2013

HOUSTON, Texas — A topical treatment for certain types of skin cancer means some patients won't have to worry about scarring, say dermatologists at Baylor College of Medicine.

While a topical treatment for precancerous cells has been around for more than 30 years, it was only in the last five to 10 years that a topical cream was developed for cancerous lesions. The cream, called Aldara™, only works for certain types of skin cancer, explained Dr. Ida Orengo, professor of dermatology at BCM and director of the Mohs Surgery Center at the Baylor Clinic.

"You simply rub it on the area, usually at night, and after about four to six weeks, the cancer is gone in about 80 percent of the cases,” she said. "This might not work for everyone, but for those who have superficial basal cell carcinoma on visible areas like the face or chest where you don't want scars, it is a good treatment option to talk to your doctor about."

 

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