Atypical Fibroxanthoma (AFX) is a sort of tumor, which is considered benign. It can have rapid growth, and it ranges from tan to light brown in color. It typically affects older individuals, with the average patient being around 72.
The AFX tumor is the result of sun exposure. It typically appears on the face, scalp, ears or upper limbs. However, it can appear on other parts of the body as well. It may become ulcerated. The tumors tend to increase in size in direct correlation to the length of time they’re in existence, but typically don’t grow beyond 3 cm in diameter. The growth of these tumors is typically rapid, however, and patients most likely seek professional medical advice from a medical dermatologist within 6 months.
In addition to sun exposure, therapeutic radiation has also been known to cause AFX.
AFX may be removed surgically by a certified dermatologist. Generally, once removal of the tumor is completed, recurrence at the site is very rare. The patient can go on with his or her life, tumor-free, but follow-ups are recommended for at least the next two years.
At OC Skin Institute, our team of medical and cosmetic dermatologists have extensive experience offering skin cancer treatment support for patients throughout Orange Country, California. Contact one of our OC dermatology offices today to learn more about our treatment for Atypical Fibroxanthoma.