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Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer, with roughly one million new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. It is not typically fatal; however, treatment is still necessary, sometimes causing scarring. A study was recently conducted in which basal cell carcinoma patients simply wore a patch containing phosphorus-32, or P-32, over their tumors several times a week. Isn’t this too simple for something as complex as cancer?
The study followed ten patients between the ages of 32 and 74, all of whom had basal cell carcinoma on their face. Each patient was given a P-32 patch to wear over their tumor for three hours every three days over the course of seven days. Biopsies were then taken three months later, with eight of the patients showing zero signs of malignancy. Those eight patients remained cancer-free three years later. Further research is in progress to determine whether the P-32 patch can become a widespread treatment option for basal cell carcinoma.
Abnormalities on the your skin should never be ignored, as they may be a sign of skin cancer. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at diagnosing and treating skin cancer, offering the latest treatment methods. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about the health of your skin. Our ten conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens, Long Island (Roslyn/Albertson, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City, Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.