How is Bowen disease characterized?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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In Bowen disease, a scaly red plaque is seen on sun-damaged skin, with the potential to turn into invasive squamous cell carcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma from Bowen disease tends to be more aggressive than that which has degenerated from actinic keratoses, and metastases occur in as many as one third of patients. Its expression is associated with other skin and internal malignancies. Bowen disease (SCC in situ) on the penis is referred to as erythroplasia of Queyrat.


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