Therapy options for fair skin cancer

Fair skin cancer is far more common than black skin cancer. If it is detected early, it is very easy to treat and almost always curable. But: Even if the light skin cancer is not as threatening as the black skin cancer, it should always be taken seriously.

The term fair skin cancer covers two different skin tumor diseases: the basal cell carcinoma, also called basalioma, which occurs commonest, and the squamous cell carcinoma. Both tumour types are mostly found on parts of the body that are exposed to sunlight. UV radiation is therefore the most common cause of the development.

The diagnosis actinic keratosis, also known as callus, is particularly common. This is a preliminary stage of light skin cancer. These changes occur exclusively in skin areas that are regularly exposed to the sun.

Our treatment offer

The most effective form of treatment is photodynamic therapy, or PDT for short. Here, the altered tissue (precancerous stage) is fought with visible light in combination with light-sensitizing substances. If the calluses are not treated, they continue to grow into squamous cell carcinoma.

Squamous cell carcinoma always requires surgery. Since it almost never spreads, the prognosis for the patients is very good. The basal cell carcinoma must also be removed, especially if the tumours are deeper. For superficial tumours we alternatively use PDT and special creams.

Fair skin cancer only rarely forms metastases and only in late stages. Radiotherapeutic or drug therapies are available for tumours in a very advanced stage.