NON SURGICAL TREATMENTS FOR SUNSPOTS AND SKIN CANCER
There are a large number of non surgical treatments for sunspots and skin cancer.
You Dermatologist is an expert in the treatment of sundamage and skin cancer. They can guide you to chose the right treatment for your skin and circumstance.
This treatment uses liquid nitrogen sprayed onto lesions to freeze the skin leading to destruction.
This is primarily used to treat precancerous sunspots and sometimes benign lesions such as warts and wisdom spots (seborrhoeic keratosis)
The treatment is uncomfortable and there is often a blister that occurs at the site.
In the past Liquid nitrogen has been used for superficial basal cell carcinoma and bowens disease (intraepidermal carcinoma). The cure rates are lower however for this treatment compared to other forms of treatment.
5-FLUOROURACIL (5-FU or EFUDIX)
5-FU is used to treat sunspots and selected superficial intraepidermal carcinoma.
5-FU is a topical cytotoxic agent (antimetabolite) ,it is toxic to living cells but more so to certain cancer or precancerous cells.
5-FU treatment results in a localised inflammatory reaction.
It is generally well tolerated and is a cost effective treatment.
Treatment regimes vary from daily to twice daily and from 2-8 weeks.