Disclaimer: Please note that only your own physician can determine your precise needs, but in order to give you some information these answers are based upon the ‘average person’ and clinical/ published results.
What is Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)? Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a very common form of skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, BCC is the most frequently occurring form of skin cancer, with an estimated 2.8 millioncases diagnosed in the United States every year.
What does Basal Cell Carcinoma look like? BCC is an abnormal and uncontrolled lesion or growth that develops in the skin’s basal cells, which line the outermost layer of the skin (or deepest layer of the epidermis). These abnormal and uncontrolled growths can often appear as red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps, open sores, or even scars. Frequently, BCCs appear as a persistent and non-healing sore that may bleed and ooze for a few weeks, heal, and then bleed and ooze again. In addition, BCCs sometime appear as non-cancerous skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis. Therefore, if you have any suspicious lesion or change in your skin’s condition, it is very important that a well-trained professional examine and correctly diagnose your skin condition or lesion.
Causes of Basal Cell Carcinoma BCCs are caused from exposure to ultraviolet light rays (UV) from either the sun or tanning beds. Thankfully, BCCs rarely metastasize or spread to other parts of the body and become life-threatening. Common risk factors for BCC include: •Exposure to the sun •Exposure to tanning beds •Fair colored skin: People who have light-colored skin, naturally light-colored hair (blond or red), light-colored eyes (blue or green), who freckle or sunburn easily are more at risk for developing skin cancer •History of sunburns especially during childhood; even one sunburn during childhood increases the risk for developing skin cancer as an adult •Personal history of skin cancer •Family history of skin cancer This is a list of the main risk factors for developing skin cancer. There are other risk factors. Therefore, it is important that you talk to you doctor about your risk for developing skin cancer.
How do I decrease my risk for BCC? To decrease your risk for basal cell carcinoma or other forms of skin cancers: •Limit the amount of time you spend in the sun, especially during the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM when the sun’s ultraviolet rays are the strongest •Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher on all exposed areas of your face and body every day, rain or shine •Wear shirts with long sleeves, pants, and hats to protect your skin from the sun •Avoid tanning beds
Curaderm BEC5 product safety All forms of toxicology have been investigated. Biochemical, hematological and urine analytical studies have demonstrated that there are no adverse effects on the liver, kidneys or hematopoietic system while using Curaderm BEC5. Normal skin was also tested after applications of Curaderm and was free from adverse histological and clinical effects. The amount of BEC glycoalkaloids in a 20mL bottle contains the equivalent to 5 grams of extracted egg plant.
Home based healing with Curaderm BEC5 BEC5 Curaderm is a non-toxic product as it has the same active ingredients found in egg plant which is eaten every day. Therefore you do not need to worry about any side effects or adverse reactions. Actually, the products natural attributes make the product so simple to use which greatly contributes to the product's popularity.
How to use Curaderm BEC5? Curaderm BEC5 is very simple to use. Simply place a small amount of Curaderm BEC5 onto the affected area and cover with a bandage. Repeat this process twice a day (preferably every 12 hours) until healed. Most non-melanoma skin cancers will be effectively healed within 8 to 16 weeks. After application of Curaderm BEC5, a tingling or slight burning sensation might occur for the first 30-60 minutes. Redness or irritation at the site is a sign that the abnormal tissues are responding and the Curaderm BEC5 is working. Initially during the healing process, the diameter of the lesion may increase significantly and ulcerations or erosions of the lesion site may occur. The reason for the initial increase in the size of the lesion is that the Curaderm BEC5 is seeking and destroying the cancer cells that are initially not visible to the eye. However, as time progresses, the diameter of the lesion will decrease until all cancer cells are replaced with normal cells. In most cases, re-growth of normal tissue occurs where the abnormal tissue was, resulting in minimal to no scar formation. Remember, during applications of Curaderm BEC5, your skin lesion may appear to get worse before it gets better. This is a sign that the Curaderm BEC5 is work. Tolerance: Curaderm BEC5 is well-tolerated. The healthy skin surrounding the area being treated may occasionally become reddened due to the salicylic acid, but soon returns to its normal color on cessation of use. Some pain may be experienced due to the salicylic acid content, but this is only transient.
Are there any adverse side effects to using Curaderm BEC5? There are virtually no adverse side effects with Curaderm BEC5. Some people have reported some reddening and irritation at the site of the lesion and a slight burning sensation when the cream is applied, but these symptoms are only temporary and go away. Some patients experience a stinging or slight burning sensation for 10-15 minutes after each application. This is caused by the Salicylic acid and Urea in the cream. NOTE: If you experience severe pain, swelling, purulent drainage (pus), or fever, you should report these symptoms to your physician, surgeon, or other qualified healthcare specialist. These symptoms are unexpected and could indicate an allergic reaction, infection, or a more serious problem.
What is Curaderm-BEC5 used for? The cream formulation has been shown to be effective in the therapy of the malignant human skin tumours, basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas as well as the benign tumours, such as keratoses and keratoacanthomas, non-melanoma skin cancers.
What does Curaderm-BEC5 contain? Curaderm-BEC5 cream (20g) contains the active anticancer ingredient Solasodine Glycosides (BEC) . It also contains Salicylic Acid and Urea at relatively high concentrations that assist BEC to kill cancer cells. Salicylic Acid and Urea may irritate the skin in some individuals.
What is the active ingredient in Curaderm BEC5? The active ingredient in BEC5 Curaderm is a pure extract called Solasodine Glycosides. These active ingredients are extracted from Solanaceous plants such as Solanum sodomaeum, the so-called Devil’s apple, Solanum aviculare (Kangaroo apple) and Solanum melongena (Egg plant or Aubergine) which are found in the Australasia region.
What to do before you use Curaderm-BEC5? Tell your doctor or healthcare provider if you have allergies to any medicines, foods, preservatives or drugs. The anticancer ingredient BEC is present in eggplant. If you are allergic to eggplant, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider before you use Curaderm-BEC5.
How often should I use Curaderm BEC5? Curaderm-BEC5 should be used at least twice daily but may also be used up to ten times daily depending on the type of lesion. Please speak to your doctor or healthcare provider for direction in more frequent applications. It is important to always cover the treated area with a dressing such as Micropore, which is a brand of paper tape. DO NOT allow the area to which cream is applied to dry out.
What can I expect from Curaderm BEC5? In most cases, some degree of redness, itching, skin peeling, swelling and some drainage will be observed during process. Tingling or burning may be experienced for 30 to 60 minutes after each application. This is a normal reaction. The following pattern of responses can be anticipated: First reddening, then usually erosion and ulceration followed by regrowth of normal skin tissue. During the healing process, the lesion may appear worse than before applying Curaderm BEC5. Until new tissue has regrown, your skin will look noticeably different from normal skin.
How long should I perform applications of Curaderm BEC5? You should apply the cream on the affected areas with Curaderm BEC5 twice a day until the area appears normal. When the treated area appears normal, you may discontinue use of Curaderm BEC5. In clinical trials, the healing time was an average of 8 to 12 weeks. However, these times will vary, depending on the type and size of the lesion. When the skin appears normal, applications should be discontinued. On occasion it may be necessary to prolong regime. If in doubt, it is better to keep using the cream on the area for an extended period of time to prevent re-occurrence. In this case, applications of Curaderm should continue until such time as the lesion has regrown with new tissue. It is important to ensure a regular application regime. Multiple skipped applications may result in the growth of normal skin over the top of the lesion. This can result in masking, and thus the incomplete healing of the lesion. NOTE: It is important to be consistent during your treatment process and not miss any applications. Skipping applications can result in growth of normal skin over the top of the lesion, which can result in an incomplete healing of the lesion.
How will I know when to stop applying Curaderm BEC5? When the skin is pink and fresh, at this point only healthy cells are visible and then the natural skin’s healing process will take over to produce the final normal skin covering.
How much of the Curaderm-BEC5 cream does it take to heal up a typical skin cancer? On average a 20ml bottle can manage one to two large non melanoma SCC or BCC skin cancers, two to three medium sized lesions, four to eight small lesions, or twelve sun spots. The shelf life of Curaderm-BEC5 is 5 years.
Can Curaderm BEC5 work inside the mouth? BEC5 can be used successfully to remove SCC and BCC’s from all areas of the skin, but problems arise when these are areas are close to parts of the body that exude liquids (the mouth, eyes etc). It really depends on the capability to keep the cream on the lesion concerned, the drier it can remain the better. We understand that wet areas - for example inside the mouth are extremely challenging and that applying a micropore after application is particularly difficult. The bottom line is that more applications may be necessary each day, or expect a longer healing time than 8-12 weeks (which is the norm). However it is possible that the technology can fail in wet areas because it is washed away too quickly before it can act. Please remember to always to clean and disinfect the lesion before each fresh application of cream.
I’ve seen some swelling and water retention around the lesion. Is this normal? Normally this is a reaction to the antiseptic you are using and not the Curaderm-BEC5 cream. We would recommend that you use Hibiclens or an equivalent. It remains important to cleanse the lesion with antiseptic each time, before you reapply the cream.
I’ve been applying the cream twice a day for several weeks, but it still appears to be ‘work in progress’. When can I expect results? The typical application period is 8 to 12 weeks, although for some people it is shorter and occasionally for some it is a bit longer. It all depends on a number of factors including, the size of the lesion, its position (and difficulty to reach), the age and condition of the patient and how often the cream is applied daily.
The BCC is completely gone but my skin is still very red and raw. What can I use to speed the healing process? The area will need to heal after completing the application regimen. It is typical for more blood to appear in the lesion in order to speed the healing process and hence appear redder for a period afterward. To aid healing we would recommend using Tamanu oil.
Can Curaderm BEC5 be used to remove cancerous cells under the skin? No. To remain accurate to the clinical trials and published research we have to maintain that Curaderm BEC5 cream is only successful against non-melanoma skin cancers and sunspots.
Since I started using the BEC5 Curaderm cream my skin cancer has reddened and looks worse and larger than before. Is this normal? The cream will only kill cancer cells not normal cells. However, in the course of use those cancer cells have to be removed (by the natural processes) and hence the area often looks worse, before it looks better (see some of the examples on our web-page). Please remember to clean and disinfect the area before each application and once the Curaderm BEC5 has been applied to cover the region with a micropore (a bandage with holes in it). This will keep the cream moist and make it much more effective. For the majority of patients, the area should be ‘back to normal’ within 8 to 12 weeks of application.
I have read on other websites that sometimes the contents separate at higher than 77F. Please note that Curaderm BEC5 can be stable for several weeks at temperatures higher than 25C, although it is difficult to be precise about ‘damage’ caused primarily through separation at very high temperatures. The patient will soon know if the cream is damaged once it is applied to a cancerous lesion, because a reaction should be seen within a couple of days. If there is no reaction whatsoever, then either (a) there are no cancer cells present on the spot of application or (b) the cream has become damaged. However, in the many years we have sold many thousands of Curaderm BEC5 cream we now of only two cases of heat damage, so this possibility is very rare.
Will Curaderm BEC5 have any effect, good or bad on psoriasis? I developed psoriasis when a dermatologist gave me Aldara® to treat my basal cell carcinomas? We don't think it will affect the psoriasis in anyway. It should be noted however that during applications the area becomes red and inflamed as the cancer cells are destroyed and the new skin appears. Remember to always disinfect the area before applying Curaderm BEC5 and then to apply a micropore to keep the cream moist.
If the lesion has to be covered with a micropore dressing, how often should this be changed and the cream reapplied? As per the regular instructions it is important to disinfect on each cleaning/reapplication. As noted before it is not 100% necessary to cover with a micropore, but if this is not done then the patient will experience a longer healing period, unless they are prepared to increase the daily applications.
I have a squamous cell carcinoma on my forehead. I understand that Curaderm BEC5 has been effective in preventing and eliminating existing squamous cell lesions? To try it the cream needs a period of 8-12 weeks, sometimes less, sometimes a little more, it all depends on the size and time the cancer has existing and how often the cream is applied. So far in Dr. Cham's trials there have been no reoccurrences of a SCC or BCC over a period of 5-years in more than 80,000 patients providing they have NOT had surgery first. This is because the cream follows ‘a trail’ of the cancer cells into the skin. Surgery can disturb this trail and because the surgeon is trying to remove all the cancer cells, but not the healthy cells, some can be left under the skin. This is why with surgery there is a few small chance that a couple of years later the cancer can reappear. Of course the decision is yours, but clearly you would have to cancel your surgery if you wanted to try the cream. We would also recommend Dr. Cham's book the eggplant skin cancer cure particularly for your surgeon when he/ she tells you that they've never heard of such a cream. The book has the full story, full references (including published studies in peer reviewed journals) and many before- during and after pictures.
I have been using Curaderm BEC5 2x a day for 16 days when the skin split I quit and put vitamin E oil on it for 3 days until skin healed. I started back on Curaderm and a large area around the bcc turned red and burned is this normal? This is the normal action of the cream. You should continue until the area has naturally healed. The cream will only attack BCC and SCC lesions. Remember to clean the lesion each time with an antiseptic. If the lesion is near a nerve then some burning sensations can be felt due to the presence of salicylic acid- so this is normal. Usually this passes after a few days of continued applications.
I read that I should keep it out of the sun. What effect does sunlight have on healing? If it dries out is E oil ok to moisten or what is ok? It is important to keep the area moist- hence the recommendation to cover the lesion with a micropore. It is not vital, but if not done properly then the healing period is much longer- or the cream has to be applied more frequently. Vitamin E is no problem to apply, but the best for healing is Tamanu oil.
When I reapplied Curaderm BEC5 after 3 days withdrawal why did the area brighten red more than previously? How soon should I see results? The area needs to heal after the application period; it is typical for more blood to appear in the lesion (in order to speed the healing process) and hence appear redder for a period afterward. A typical regimen (from start to finish) is 8-12 weeks, sometimes shorter sometimes longer, it depending on numerous factors including the size of the lesion etc. There are no known contraindications with Curaderm BEC5. Skin cancers can be triggered by excess iron in the blood reacting with sunlight. Obviously one should not overexposure one's self to UV rays, but on the other hand some sunlight is necessary on a regular basis in order to produce vitamin D. If one is getting too much sun a good sun cream such as Solaris® with an SPF of 25+ are recommended (Solaris® will still enable a tan which is what most people want from sun exposure) - a balance is required. Using chelation agents such as Essential Daily Defense® can help reduce heavy metals levels throughout the body, another good example is Beyond Clean®, a bath salts created by Dr. Garry Gordon that is simply placed in the tub water and you soak in it as normal. This will reduce iron levels in the skin and is evident by the time one can be in the sun before burning occurs, in theory at least this can reduce the possibility of sun spots and SCC and BCC lesions occurring.
I have water retention around where I am applying Curaderm BEC5. Am going to use the same antiseptic that I have been using since the first application of the cream until I receive the proper one from Hibiclens? It is a probable reaction to the antiseptic that you are using, the sooner you switch to Hibiclens and start using it. The sooner the water retention will dissipate.
After opening the product, the cream was liquid. Does this affect the effectiveness of the product? Is the product permanently damaged as a result of high temperatures, or will it be fine after cooling it down in the refrigerator? The Curaderm-BEC5 tube is not damaged but separated due to high temperatures. It can be reconstituted back to its normal paste like form again and is still 100% effective!
To reconstitute your tube of Curaderm BEC5 back to its normal formulation, please follow the following 4 steps listed below:
Step 1: Place the tube of Curaderm BEC5 in a small pot of very hot water that is 140-158 degrees Fahrenheit (60-70 degrees Celsius) for approximately 5 minutes. Step 2: Remove the tube of Curaderm BEC5 and shake it vigorously by hand. You will be able to hear the liquid when shaking the tube like it is water. Continues to shake until you stop hearing the aqueous solution shaking inside. Step 3: Place the tube of Curaderm BEC5 into the freezer for 15 minutes. Step 4: Then store the tube of Curaderm BEC5 in the refrigerator for use. The purpose of placing the Curaderm BEC5 into a pot of very hot water that is 140-158°F (60-70°C) is to fully separate all the ingredients completely before blending them back together into its normal formulation. Following these 4 steps will ensure that the ingredients in your tube of Curaderm BEC5 will be blended back together and the product will work 100% effectively as new. This should also return the CuradermBEC5 to a creamy consistency.
I planning on working outside or participating in water activities. What precautions should I take? It is extremely important that, after you have applied Curaderm BEC5 to the lesion, that you cover the treated area with an occlusive dressing. The manufacturer recommends using micropore paper tape as an occlusive dressing. Micropore paper tape is necessary to prevent the lesion from drying out and forming a scab. Water are a great form of exercise, but it is extremely important that you not get the dressing on your lesion wet. If the dressing accidentally becomes wet or if it becomes detached before the next scheduled dosing, you should reapply new cream and a new dressing. Remember, it is extremely important that the affected area be covered with an occlusive dressing at all times during the application period. In addition, the manufacturer recommends that you avoid sun exposure to the areas being treated with Curaderm BEC5. If you planning on working outside, we would recommend you put on a wide brimmed hat to avoid exposing your face to the sun. In addition, we would recommend you wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen on all areas of your face, neck, and other parts of your body that may be exposed to the sun. Be careful that you do not put sunscreen on the lesion until after the lesion is completely healed.
Are there doctors in Connecticut USA that you can recommend that are familiar with Curaderm BEC5. That I can speak with or visit to get guidance? We have no doctors in US or in Connecticut area at the moment but feel free to contact us to advise you until th completion of healing.
I ran out of Curaderm BEC5 for a week. The skin grew back, and then when I started BEC5 again in about 3 days the skin came off again, why is that? You should ensure that you never run out of Curaderm BEC5 in hand and always buy two tubes in case one runs out. What happen when you stop applying the Curaderm BEC5 is the skin heals over the cancer cells and when you apply Curaderm BEC5 again over the area the Curaderm BEC5 finds it hard to make contact with the cancer because of the healthy skin tissue growth. So this will take longer for the Curaderm BEC5 to penetrate and open up the area again. Please make sure you do not stop the process at any point till the area heals up completely with new pink skin.
When is it OK to use skin lotions or creams like Tamanu oil on the affected area? You should not use creams or lotions on the area you are applying Curaderm BEC5 to until the therapy is complete. Once you are no longer using Curaderm BEC5, you can use creams or lotions to help the area heal.
How do I remove sunspots with Curaderm BEC5? In order to remove sun spots, apply a thin layer on the area twice a day until the area heals back with normal new-looking skin again. If there are more than one spot, then apply to the the area with 3 spots a time until it heals, then move to other sections. Please make sure the treated areas are always covered throughout the process.
Suggestion for application of 3M™ Micropore™ Surgical Tape. • Tape should be applied without tension to clean, dry skin. • A clipper may be used to remove hair, if necessary. • To protect at-risk skin, 3M™ Cavilon™ No Sting Barrier Film may be applied and when thoroughly dry, tape may be applied over it. • In general, do not encircle a limb completely with tape. • If distention is anticipated, use a tape that stretches or a self-adherent wrap to secure the dressing or tubing
A. General taping
Apply the tape without tension, gently but firmly stroking the surface to maximize adhesion. Tape should extend at least one-half inch beyond the dressing. Tape should not be pulled or stretched when applied. If swelling does occur, loosen and re-fasten or replace tape to relieve the tension.
B. When compression is needed
1. Place first section of tape without tension onto skin on one side of the dressing, gently pressing downward. 2. With one hand, secure tape on one edge of the dressing while slightly stretching next section of tape over the dressing. 3. Secure tape on opposite edge of the dressing. 4. Press remaining tape onto skin without tension. Compression should come from the multiple layers of dressing material, not from excessive tension in the tape. Skin distention under tape may result in blistering and should be relieved as soon as possible.
C. When distention is anticipated
Foam tapes generally stretch in all directions; however, non-woven soft cloth tapes, such as 3M™ Medipore™ Soft Cloth Tape, and 3M™ Medipore™ H Soft Cloth Tape have more stretch in the cross-direction and on the bias. The direction of the stretch should be considered when securing a dressing or tubing to an area that is at high risk for distention, edema, hematoma formation, or movement. Anecdotally, applying soft cloth tape parallel to the incision appears to be associated with fewer skin tension injuries than taping perpendicular to the incision.
I’ve noticed swelling and redness around the areas I’ve applied BEC5, is this normal? This is more than likely a reaction to any antiseptic you’re using rather than the cream itself. It’s important that the affected area on your body is cleansed with antiseptic before applying BEC5.
Are there any precautions I should take when applying Curaderm cream? Ensure you keep treated areas constantly moist. This can be done by keeping said area out of direct contact with sunlight. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after applying the cream.
Can I cover the areas that I apply BEC5 cream to? Yes, a micropore dressing can be used to cover areas that the BEC5 cream has been applied to, and should be changed after each application, at least twice a day.
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