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Doctor Green: Prescriptions creams are often used by dermatologists to help eliminate a type of sun induced pre-cancerous spot (called actinic keratosis). These creams can be applied to a specific precancerous spot, or more commonly all over a certain area of the body, such as the forearms or the face. The pre-cancer removal creams are applied daily for up to 3 weeks, and usually by the second week, any pre-cancer they are applied to gets red, swollen, and scabby. A few weeks after the cream is discontinued, the precancerous area is scabbed off and new, healthier skin takes its place.