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White skin cancer and precursors

White skin cancer and precursors

White skin cancer got its name in contrast to black skin cancer. This refers to basal cell tumors, so-called basaliomas, and squamous cell carcinomas. They are considered to be semi-malignant, i.e. semi-malignant, since, unlike black skin cancer, they rarely form daughter tumors (metastases) in the surrounding organs. Nevertheless, they are not to be regarded as uncritical as they can grow into the surrounding tissue of bones or cartilage. For this reason, especially if there are preliminary stages, actinic keratoses, regular control and treatment should take place.

Forms and origin

  1. Basal cell carcinoma (basalioma) and squamous cell carcinoma: The benign tumors can often be recognized as a reddish-yellowish, nodular-looking tissue proliferation. However, this can vary and should be recognized by an experienced dermatologist. They are often found in sun-exposed areas such as the face, scalp, shoulders, décolleté and back of the hands, but can also be found on the legs or torso. The development is mainly caused by intensive UV exposure and intensified by genetic predisposition.
  2. Actinic keratoses: Actinic keratoses appear as skin-colored, reddish, rough skin irregularities. They are also found on sun-exposed skin areas and can develop into squamous cell carcinomas in 10-30% of cases.


In addition to the clinical picture and a display via the microscopic video camera, the dermatologist feels the actinic keratoses as rough skin changes. A histological examination of a tissue sample provides information about the existing cell change.


Depending on the diagnosis, stage and living conditions, we offer several therapy options, which are individually tailored to you. There are the following options: Creams with active ingredients that have cell-changing properties (single use or regular use possible) Laser ablation Photodynamic Therapy Surgical removal of basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas