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  • Seborrheic keratosis

    Seborrheic keratoses are the most common benign tumor in older individuals. Seborrheic keratoses have a variety of clinical appearances, as seen in the images below, and they develop from the proliferation of epidermal cells. No specific etiologic factors have been identified.

  • Seborrheic keratosis

    These are not contagious and do not spread. They have no relationship to skin cancer and do not pose a risk to health. They get darker after sunless tanning creams have been used. Unlike moles Nevi, they never turn into melanoma stastistics estimated to be between 15% and 36% Seborrheic keratoseson exposed areas were more often flat and more than 3 mm in diameter than those on the non-exposed areas.


  • Seborrheic keratosis

    Another treatment often done is scraping off with a curette. This is more useful when only a few need to be done, and one really wants them not to come back. It is also used when one spot needs a biopsy, since the scrapings can be sent to a lab. Healing is slower and scarring is more common. Sometimes seborrheic keratoses are burnt off with an electric needle or laser, especially if they are small.



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