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Is melanoma the same as actinic keratosis?
14 doctors weighed in

Dr. David Yan
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree
In brief: No.
An actinic keratosis is a premalignant lesion that may progress to develop into a squamous cell carcinoma.
A melanoma is a malignant tumor involving the pigment cells (melanocytes) of the skin.

In brief: No.
An actinic keratosis is a premalignant lesion that may progress to develop into a squamous cell carcinoma.
A melanoma is a malignant tumor involving the pigment cells (melanocytes) of the skin.
Dr. David Yan
Dr. David Yan
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Melanoma is a malignant cancer.
Actinic keratosis is a pre-malignant condition.

In brief: No
Melanoma is a malignant cancer.
Actinic keratosis is a pre-malignant condition.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Hung Khong
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: NO
Actinic keratosis (ak) and melanoma are both skin diseases chiefly a result of sun exposure, but they arise from different skin cell types.
Ak is a premalignant condition of the keratinocyte skin cells (non-pigmented meaning not producing pigments/color). If left untreated, ak can progress to squamous cell skin cancer. Melanoma arises from melanocyte skin cells (pigment/color producing cells).

In brief: NO
Actinic keratosis (ak) and melanoma are both skin diseases chiefly a result of sun exposure, but they arise from different skin cell types.
Ak is a premalignant condition of the keratinocyte skin cells (non-pigmented meaning not producing pigments/color). If left untreated, ak can progress to squamous cell skin cancer. Melanoma arises from melanocyte skin cells (pigment/color producing cells).
Dr. Hung Khong
Dr. Hung Khong
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Although ak's are precancerous, they progress to squamous cell cancers.
If you have one or more ak's it doesn't mean you have or will get cancer but it does mean you should keep an eye out for akin lesions and see your doctor/derm regularly.. Best wishes.

In brief: No
Although ak's are precancerous, they progress to squamous cell cancers.
If you have one or more ak's it doesn't mean you have or will get cancer but it does mean you should keep an eye out for akin lesions and see your doctor/derm regularly.. Best wishes.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine
In brief: No
These are two different skin conditions.

In brief: No
These are two different skin conditions.
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Dr. Clarence Lyons
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