Skin Cancer Cream – Is It Working?

Skin Cancer Cream

Superficial basal cell carcinoma, most often presenting itself as skin cancer on nose areas, is the most common form of skin cancer. In its superficial state, where penetration deep into the skin has not yet occurred, topical treatment may be possible with skin cancer cream.

Fluorouracil cream is actually a chemotherapy drug that has magically found its way into a cream that can be applied to skin cancer on face areas. It is most often used for basal cell skin cancer which frequently occurs on the face areas which prove difficult to excise surgically. This skin cancer cream works as any other chemo drugs do, by targeting any cells that are growing rapidly. Unfortunately this can mean targeting noncancerous cells as well.

Using this cream will come with side effects, but some of those early side effects are clues to you that your skin cancer cream is working. These would include redness, swelling, and scaling. Since most medications don’t tell us too much about how they are affecting our bodies, it’s nice to have one that gives us a signal. Not all the side effects of skin cancer cream tell us it’s working however. You may experience burning, crusting, discoloration, pain, itching, rash or soreness. These side effects are normal and generally mild, but if they persist, you need to speak to your health care provider. Should you experience any serious side effects associated with this medication such as bloody diarrhea, stomach pain, vomiting, fever, chills or a severe skin rash, you need to seek medical attention promptly.

Skin cancer is caused by too much sunlight, and sunscreen and skin cancer go hand in hand whether you have it, or are trying to keep from getting it. This medication could increase your sensitivity to sunlight, so it is important to take proper precaution while you are going through treatment. Wearing sunscreen, covering exposed skin and limiting your time outdoors will all help lower your risk of developing skin cancer.