Medical Dermatology : Pre-cancers

Pre-cancers, otherwise known as actinic keratoses, are the rough scaly spots that are usually seen on sun-damaged parts of the skin. Many people do not realize that these spots, even though very common, can also be dangerous and a sign of an increased risk of skin cancer. They occur most commonly on the scalp, face, ears, lips, and arms. Women often also get these on the lower legs. It is important to diagnose and treat pre-cancers because if left alone, they can turn into a form of skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma. There are many forms of treatment for pre-cancers including freezing as well as different types of creams.

More information is available at American Academy of Dermatology - Actinic Keratoses Net

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