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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2000 Jan;42(1 Pt 2):8-10.

Clinical presentation of actinic keratoses and squamous cell carcinoma.

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University of California at Los Angeles and the Veterans Administration West Los Angeles Medical Center, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Actinic keratosis is a skin lesion that can progress to squamous cell carcinoma but cannot always be clinically distinguished from a squamous cell carcinoma.

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this article is to describe the clinical presentation of actinic keratoses and squamous cell carcinoma.

METHODS:

The author's clinical experience and a review of the literature were used to describe actinic keratoses and squamous cell carcinoma.

RESULTS:

There is a continuum and a progression from actinic keratoses to squamous cell carcinoma so that there is no way to reliably distinguish between the two diagnoses.

CONCLUSION:

Because it can be impossible to distinguish between an actinic keratosis and squamous cell carcinoma, treatment of actinic keratoses should be aggressive to stop the progression to squamous cell carcinoma.

PMID:
10607350
DOI:
10.1067/mjd.2000.103343
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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