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What are the treatments for nevus sebaceous?
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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Surgery vs Observe
Most nevus sebaceous do not develop into skin cancers.
However, it is estimated that ~10-15% develop a skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma (bcc). Because of that risk, many dermatologists recommend prophylactic removal of these surgically around puberty. This is controversial as bcc is not life threatening, some would suggest excision only when skin cancer transformation is observed.

In brief: Surgery vs Observe
Most nevus sebaceous do not develop into skin cancers.
However, it is estimated that ~10-15% develop a skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma (bcc). Because of that risk, many dermatologists recommend prophylactic removal of these surgically around puberty. This is controversial as bcc is not life threatening, some would suggest excision only when skin cancer transformation is observed.
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology
In brief: Excision
There is no hurry.
The changes once thought to be skin cancers in these are now recognized to be benign. Expect the lesion to grow during puberty. As the child grows older it is easier to get her understanding & cooperation.

In brief: Excision
There is no hurry.
The changes once thought to be skin cancers in these are now recognized to be benign. Expect the lesion to grow during puberty. As the child grows older it is easier to get her understanding & cooperation.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Dr. Eugene Sidoti
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Usually Excision
Since there is a small but significant rate of conversion of nevus sebaceous to various skin cancers, it is usually recommended that they be removed.

In brief: Usually Excision
Since there is a small but significant rate of conversion of nevus sebaceous to various skin cancers, it is usually recommended that they be removed.
Dr. Eugene Sidoti
Dr. Eugene Sidoti
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