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How is Bowen's disease diagnosis confirmed?

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You can’t always tell by looking at your skin if you have Bowen’s disease. Many other skin conditions can look the same.

It can be mistaken for harmless disorders -- like rashes or eczema -- as well as life-threatening ones, including melanoma. Your doctor usually has to take a sample of your skin for testing (biopsy) to confirm it.

From: What Is Bowen’s Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/9/2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “What are basal and squamous cell skin cancers?”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Bowen’s Disease.” 

Mayo Clinic: “Fluorouracil (Topical Route),” “Imiquimod.”

National Association of Rare Disorders: “Bowen’s Disease.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Bowenoid Papulosis.”

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Mohs Micrographic Surgery: An Overview.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “What are basal and squamous cell skin cancers?”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Bowen’s Disease.” 

Mayo Clinic: “Fluorouracil (Topical Route),” “Imiquimod.”

National Association of Rare Disorders: “Bowen’s Disease.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Bowenoid Papulosis.”

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Mohs Micrographic Surgery: An Overview.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

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