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Patient Information Leaflets (PILs)

These Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) are specially written by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD).

The BAD has been awarded The Information Standard certification for the process it employs to develop information products aimed at the general public, which include PILs, Sun Awareness Campaign materials, and other information products.

The BAD shall hold responsibility for the accuracy of the information published, and neither the scheme operator nor the scheme owner shall have any responsibility for costs, losses, or direct or indirect damages or costs arising from inaccuracy of information or omissions in information published on the website on behalf of the BAD.

Please note:

  1. There are thousands of different skin complaints, therefore, the focus of the British Association of Dermatologists' PILs production is on the most common, rarest or debilitating skin conditions.
  2. The offer to provide details of source materials used to inform the British Association of Dermatologists' PILs is for instances where the advice provided in the PILs does not reflect local practice and therefore evidence supporting said advice needs to be produced. It is not an offer to conduct literature searches or supply bibilographic materials for your own research.

For the latest BAD advice on Covid-19 for patients, please check the News and Media section of the website. Find this here. Our information for healthcare professionals is here.

Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans

DFSP is a very rare type of skin cancer. It usually occurs on the trunk, often the chest and shoulders; however, it can also affect the limbs, head and neck and rarely the genitalia. It starts in the deep layer of the skin (the dermis) and can spread to surrounding structures such as fat and muscle. Although it grows very slowly, it can become quite large. It can often be completely removed with a wide margin of normal tissue, or with a specialised form of surgery called Mohs surgery. DFSP can come back even if completely removed by surgery. It is very rare for DFSP to spread to other parts of the body (occurring in approximately 5% of cases).

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