Bowen's Disease Treatments

Bowen’s disease is a very early form of skin cancer which is easily treatable.

By Andrew Hatfield
Updated: 8th March 2024

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If you are concerned about the appearance of a persistent red, scaly patch of skin, or if you think you may have Bowen’s disease you should speak to your GP. You can ask to see one of our Consultant Dermatologists or our Consultant Burns and Laser Plastic Surgeon, privately without any long delays.

We have launched our laser skin clinic, which offers an effective non-surgical treatment for Bowen’s disease, which can avoid surgery and minimise scarring.

What treatments are available for Bowen’s Disease?

There are a range of non-surgical and surgical treatments for Bowen’s Disease, including:

The most suitable type of treatment for you will be discussed at your appointments with your surgeon.

Want to be seen privately?

Whether you have medical insurance or decide to fund your care yourself, we deliver the very best of healthcare in a friendly and safe environment.

You will be offered an appointment at the earliest convenient date for you.

For information about booking appointment you can contact us on 01744 746 425 or

What consultants treat Bowen’s Disease?

Consultants who treat Bowen’s disease:

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What Does Bowen’s disease look like?

Bowen’s disease is usually a patch on the skin that has clear edges and doesn’t heal.

Is Bowen’s disease cancer?

Bowen’s disease is a very early from of skin cancer. If the patch bleeds, develops a lump or starts to turn into an open sore (ulcer) it can be a sign it’s turned into squamous skin cancer.

What are Bowen’s disease symptoms?

The main signs of Bowen’s disease is a red, scaly patch on the skin. Some people may notice more than one patch which may be scaly or crusty, itchy, red or pink on white skin (but may be harder to see on black or brown skin), flat or raised and up to a few centimetres across. These patches can appear anywhere on the skin but are especially common in exposed areas such as lower legs, head and neck.

Is Bowen’s disease rare?

Bowen’s disease is a fairly rare condition that is more common in people in their 60s and 70s.

Can Bowen’s disease go away?

There are a number of ways to treat Bowen’s disease to prevent the condition developing into squamous skin cancer. If you have symptoms get in touch with one of our doctors to plan the best course of action.