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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.

Mycosis fungoides

Mycosis fungoides is a type of cutaneous or skin lymphoma. It is the commonest of a group of conditions known as cutaneous T-cell lymphomas. Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas are cancers that affect the skin and are caused by uncontrolled growth of the T-cell lymphocytes in the skin. T cell lymphocytes are white blood cells that can be found all over the body and in the blood stream.

Mycosis fungoides is a rare condition. Each year in the UK, approximately 450 people are newly diagnosed with mycosis fungoides. Most affected people live a normal life span.  

Mycosis fungoides can occur at any age but it most often starts between the ages of 50 and 70 years.

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