Bowen's disease

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This is a form of skin cancer that is easily treatable. It tends to grow very slowly over a long period of time but can develop into a different-potentially serious- type of cancer if left untreated or unchecked for a long time. Therefore, as with all unusual skin abnormalities, it is very important to get checked out by your doctor.

It appears as a red or brown like patch on the skin that can be flat or slightly raised. The edges of the patch tend to be clear and does not heal. The causes of Bowen's disease is unclear but can be closely associated with over exposure to the sun or sun-beds and those who have a weak immune system.

It is important to get a definitive diagnosis to avoid delay in getting the right treatment as Bowens disease can be easily mistaken for eczema or psoriasis.