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Pre-Cancerous Lesions

Another skin problem people may suffer from include pre-cancerous lesions, like actinic keratoses (also called AKs for short). These lesions are scaly or crusty bumps that form on the surface of the skin and have the potential to become cancerous over time. Like moles, a pre-cancerous lesion can vary in size—from very small to the size of a penny—color, lightness, and other features.

While pre-cancerous lesions may appear different, the best way to really recognize them is by touch, as they will crusty, dry, or generally rough to the touch. Skin lesions like these can occur anywhere and have the ability to disappear and reappear at any time, particularly when an area is exposed to excessive sunlight. While in some cases, lesions on the hand or neck may be slightly elevated, but usually, they are flat marks.

If you are concerned about a lesion on your skin, do not hesitate to make an appointment with a member of our team. They can diagnose the issue and treatment can be done more quickly to prevent larger problems.