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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Avage

Avage (AY-vahj)
A drug used on the skin to treat several skin conditions. It is also being studied in the treatment of basal cell skin cancer and basal cell nevus syndrome. Avage is related to vitamin A and is made in the laboratory. It turns on a gene that may help stop the growth of skin cancer cells. Avage is a type of synthetic retinoid. Also called tazarotene and Tazorac.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.