A 41-year-old female asked:
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can precancerous skin lesions be scratched off?

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Dr. Ashley Vanderloop
13 years experience Podiatry
Skin lesions: Any questionable skin lesions should be seen in person by a specialist. If a lesion has been diagnosed as pre-cancerous I would not recommend scraping it off. Having an initial biopsy performed is essential. A likely follow-up of the complete lesion with clean margins would then need to be performed. It's important to always protect your skin and avoiding prolonged direct sun exposure. Be safe!
Answered on Mar 21, 2020
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