Treatments for Sun-Damaged Skin Redding CA

Fluorouracil is used to treat cancers of the colon, head and neck, pancreas and other organs in Redding. Changes in skin appearance have been noted in people undergoing treatment with systemic fluorouracil, and this led to the development of a skin cream that contains the cancer drug.

Reece Ronald E MD
(530) 246-0236
1031 Butte St, Ste 3e
Redding, CA
 
Byron James Van Dyke, MD
(530) 247-7546
2138 Court St Ste B
Redding, CA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1995

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Gerlic, Richard H MD - Dermatologic Care Center
(530) 244-4222
1388 Court St, #B
Redding, CA
 
Michael George Eichwald, MD
(530) 241-6310
Redding, CA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kath Univ Leuven, Fac Der Geneeskunde, Leuven, Belgium
Graduation Year: 1962

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Van Dyke Byron J MD
(530) 247-7546
1158 N Court St
Redding, CA
 
Jesse M Kramer MD
(530) 246-9736
2126 Eureka Way
Redding, CA
 
Renew Medispa
(530) 241-7772
2626 Edith Ave, Ste D
Redding, CA
 
Ronald Earl Reece, MD
(530) 246-0236
1441 Liberty St Ste 206
Redding, CA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1980
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Hospital: Redding Med Ctr, Redding, Ca; Mercy Med Ctr -Redding, Redding, Ca
Group Practice: Dermatology & Cutaneous Srgry

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Redding Dermatology
(530) 241-1111
2107 Airpark Dr
Redding, CA
 
Jesse Max Kramer, MD
(530) 246-9736
2126 Eureka Way
Redding, CA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1987

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Treatments for Sun-Damaged Skin

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MONDAY, June 15 (HealthDay News) -- Applying the chemotherapy drug fluorouracil to skin might help improve the appearance of sun-damaged areas and reduce potentially precancerous patches, according to a small, new study.

Fluorouracil is used to treat cancers of the colon, head and neck, pancreas and other organs. Changes in skin appearance have been noted in people undergoing treatment with systemic fluorouracil, and this led to the development of a skin cream that contains the cancer drug.

The new study included 21 healthy volunteers with sun-damaged skin and actinic keratoses -- skin lesions that could develop into skin cancer -- on their faces. The participants applied 5 percent fluorouracil cream to their faces twice daily for two weeks.

The researchers said that the number of actinic keratoses declined from an average of 11.6 lesions per person to an average of 1.5 lesions. There were also improvements in aging-related damage, including wrinkling and dark skin spots.

The study, funded by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, was published in the June issue of the journal Archives of Dermatology.

"For patients in whom a course of topical fluorouracil is indicated for the treatment of actinic keratoses, there will likely be the additional benefit of a restorative effect from sun damage; this may provide further motivation for these patients to undergo the rigorous treatment," concluded Dr. Dana L. Sachs, of the University of Michigan Medical School, and colleagues.

"It is possible that for some patients topical fluorouracil may have an important role against photo-aging," they wrote. "For others, however, it may not be cosmetically acceptable given that a standard course of therapy may last two to three weeks and the ensuring reaction can persist for several more weeks. Undoubtedly, there will be patients who desire a therapy such as topical fluorouracil for cosmetic purposes given the relatively low cost of this therapy compared with ablative laser resurfacing."

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute offers skin cancer prevention tips.

SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, June 15, 2009

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