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What causes Bowen's disease other than HPV?

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Scientists aren’t sure exactly what causes the other forms of Bowen’s disease. However, long-term sun exposure and aging may increase your odds of getting many skin cancers, including this one.

Poisoning with arsenic also appears to make you more likely to get this early form of skin cancer.

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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