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Seborrheic Keratoses

Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic keratoses are very common non-cancerous growths on the skin of adults. These lesions can be pale to brown/black in color with a round to oval shape and a waxy “stuck-on” or “wart-like” appearance. Some have likened them to barnacles. They tend to be multiple but solitary lesions can also occur. Although seborrheic keratoses are not cancer, their appearance may mimic certain types of skin cancer. The cause of seborrheic keratoses is not known but they can run in families.

 

 They may develop anywhere on the skin but are usually more numerous in areas exposed to the sun. Usually these lesions develop slowly over time. Rarely, rapid onset of multiple seborrheic keratoses may be a sign of an internal malignancy.

 

Seborrheic keratoses do not usually cause symptoms and require no treatment. However, the lesions may be removed if they are difficult to clinically distinguish from skin cancer or if they become inflamed ,irritated, or disfiguring.

 

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