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I heard actinic keratosis is pre-cancerous. How long would it take one to turn into ca?

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Dr. Steven Harris
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In brief: Varies

This is like asking how long it takes a child to turn into an adult, in some ways.
It takes much longer for a 2 year old to turn into an adult than a teenager. We think it takes a number of years to convert, but I have seen patients treated for an actinic keratosis return with a squamous cancer in that area in less than a year. Was it really an actinic keratosis or was it an early squamous cell?

In brief: Varies

This is like asking how long it takes a child to turn into an adult, in some ways.
It takes much longer for a 2 year old to turn into an adult than a teenager. We think it takes a number of years to convert, but I have seen patients treated for an actinic keratosis return with a squamous cancer in that area in less than a year. Was it really an actinic keratosis or was it an early squamous cell?
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