Pre-cancerous lesions, known as actinic keratoses, are considered the earliest stage of skin cancer and have the potential to progress to squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer that can be fatal! For the last 4 decades, doctors have been successfully treating patients who show these early signs of skin cancer with Efudex cream. And this treatment just delivered more good news! A recent study has found that the medication could also improve skin tone and smooth wrinkles. The cream seems to increase collagen production as it heals the skin wounds. According to Joanie Willard of The Examiner, “at the end of the two week period, subjects noted less wrinkles in the cheek and eye area and all pre-cancer lesions were gone.”
But you should know there are downsides during the treatment. Described as a cracked-out version of Retin-A, patients experience extreme redness and inflamed skin soon after application. Dr. Dana Sachs, who was a participant in the recent study said, “I’ve heard people describe it as looking like raw hamburger meat!” Although, at only $60 a tube, this is truly an inexpensive and effective treatment when compared to the invasive alternatives.