Chemo treatment may remove wrinkles as well


June 17, 2009

USA Today

Patients who undergo therapy for precancerous skin lesions already get a big benefit. Topical creams can remove the lesions without surgery, dramatically reducing their risk of skin cancer.

Now, a small study shows they get another perk: younger, smoother skin.

Doctors who treat the precancers, called actinic keratoses, have long noticed that a cream called 5-FU also seems to rejuvenate the skin. Until now, however, no one had ever formally tested that observation in a rigorous clinical trial, says Dana Sachs of the University of Michigan, author of the study in this week's Archives of Dermatology... Read More