What You Need to Know About Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Have you heard of or been diagnosed with Hidradenitis Suppurativa? You may be confused and worried about treatment. Your local cancer specialists want you to be assured that this condition can be treatable, especially once it has received a proper diagnosis. Read on for more insight.

Early Treatment Is Important

If you have the inflammatory skin disease Hidradenitis Suppurativa, you may be alarmed by its initial appearance. The inflamed bumps can occur anywhere like your inner thighs, anus, under your breasts, or armpits. They can range from the size of tiny pimples to large boils. These bumps can even develop under the skin and keep coming back.

As with any medical condition, early treatment is ideal to help reduce the risk of complications. Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) can sometimes lead to basal cell carcinoma, one of the most common skin cancers. According to the NCI, about 2 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2023. Fortunately, in the event that your HS does develop into skin cancer, your local cancer specialists at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists can help.

It’s Not an STD

Depending on the location of the bumps, some people may wrongfully conclude that they have an STD. After all, this inflammatory skin disease doesn’t just occur on your face. It can happen around the genital area. Rest assured that it’s not a sexually transmitted disease. It’s a chronic inflammatory skin condition that can often be brought on by hormones or autoimmunity issues.

You’re Not Alone

As many as 4% of Americans have been diagnosed with HS, and it’s most common in women between the ages of 18 and 50. However, the age group that is more likely to experience HS is people in their 20s and 30s. Once you’ve been diagnosed, you’re likely to find support from others who are going through the same situation. Most importantly, you’ll have access to proper care that can help you.

Your local cancer specialists want you to be safe, healthy, and properly diagnosed with any potential ailments you may have. If you suspect that your HS has developed into skin cancer, don’t hesitate to contact us at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists for a screening. Contact us today for an appointment.

Posted 4/2/24

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