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Bowen's Disease Overview

What is Bowen's disease?
A person with Bowen's disease has pink or brown skin lesions that are covered with a thick horny layer of skin. The lesions appear on areas that are frequently exposed to the sun. In some cases, Bowen's can progress to form squamous cell cancer of the skin.

What are the symptoms of Bowen's disease?
Common symptoms of Bowen's disease include an itchy red patch on the skin. Lesions are often scaly and slightly raised. The skin may become hard and tender.

How does the doctor treat Bowen's disease?
Treatment for Bowen's disease includes removal using surgery, cryotherapy, or topical medications.

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Last Updated: Feb 6, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Bowen's Disease References
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  2. Kaye V, Zhang G, Dehner LP: Carcinoma in situ of penis. Is distinction between erythroplasia of Queyrat and Bowen's disease relevant? Urology 1990 Dec; 36(6): 479-82. [2247911]
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