Psoriasis PUVA Treatment Can Increase Melanoma Risk

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Psoriasis is a chronic disorder of the skin characterized by reddish, scaly patches of inflammation, most commonly affecting the elbows, knees, scalp, and/or groin. Psoriasis can be mild or severe. When it is severe, it can adversely affect functions of daily living, including work and social activities.

Psoriasis has been reported to affect approximately 2% of the world's population.

The treatment of psoriasis depends on its severity and location. Treatments range from local (cortisone cream application, emollients, coal tar, anthralin preparations, and sun exposure) to systemic (internal medications, including methotrexate [Rheumatrex, Trexall] and cyclosporine).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/16/2015