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Is seborrheic keratosis a malignant skin cancer tumor?

Is seborrheic keratosis a malignant skin cancer tumor?

No: Sk's are nonmalignant tumors, nor are they premalignant. They often grow on sun damaged skin, so they often show up in the same areas which are at risk for skin cancers. Sk's require no treatment. See a md for eval & diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is a seborrheic keratosis is a malignant skin cancer tumor or benign?

Is a seborrheic keratosis is a malignant skin cancer tumor or benign?

Benign: Sk's are easily confused for skin cancers due to their large size, irregular shape, and being multicolored. A trained dermatologist can easily spot the difference but very confusing for patients and other doctors. People can have hundreds or even thousands of sk's on their body and they are all benign. But having these cover the body may make it difficult to monitor for skin cancers. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of seborrheic keratosis / skin barnacles?

How can I get rid of seborrheic keratosis / skin barnacles?

Seborrheic keratosis: Appropriate skin hygeine is the answer along with the appropriate soap and medication. Consulting with a dermatologist to initiate the therapy would be in order. ...Read more

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What are seborrheic keratosis?  why do people get them? Can they be stopped?

What are seborrheic keratosis?  why do people get them? Can they be stopped?

Seborrheic keratosis: A seborrheic keratosis usually appears as a brown, black or pale growth on the face, chest, shoulders or back. The growth has a waxy, scaly, slightly elevated appearance. Occasionally, it appears singly, but multiple growths are more common. Seborrheic keratoses don't become cancerous, but they can look like skin cancer. They are genetic so you can not stop them. ...Read more

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Does it take a few months for multiple seborrheic keratosis lesions to appear?

It may: Usually seborrheic keratoses appear over time and in an older population. If it is over a short period of time it may be something else but can be SK. If they look warty or 'stuck on' then that may be SK-but it could also be warts. If you are unsure see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you use sea salt on seborrheic keratosis?

Yes: You can use sea salt on seborrheic keratosis but it will not be effective to get rid of this issue. See a dermatologist to have the sk removed (by either excision, cryotherapy). ...Read more

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Can you get a seborrheic keratosis near your heel?

Yes: Hoping it's not actually an acral-lentiginous melanoma, which is common at this site. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Home remedy to remove seborrheic keratosis.

Freezing.: The cold spray that's sold for treatment of warts - I think the name is Wartner, or something similar - will also work on SKs if they're not too big or too thick. If they are, you'll need to have a dermatologist freeze them with liquid nitrogen. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & ...Read more


Malignant (Definition)

The term malignant can be used in several medical contexts, but is primarily used to describe cancers. More dangerous and disorderly than the benign growth of cells, malignant cells have developed genetic changes that can allow it to invade other tissues in an unregulated way. These tumors can later spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body and ...Read more