Atypical melanocytic lesions are also known as atypical melanocytic hyperplasia, atypical mole, or dysplastic mole. The majority of these are benign, however, some have a significant risk of developing into melanoma or actually being a melanoma. This terminology is applied based on either a visual inspection or a biopsy of the lesion.
Actinic Keratosis is the earliest stage in the development of a skin cancer but is not cancerous. It is caused by damage to the skin from over exposure to the sun. It is more often found in people with fair skin. If untreated, it may progress into a squamous cell cancer (SCCa). Overall, a person with AK has 10% risk of developing SCCa. Any one lesion has at least a 0.1% lifetime risk of developing into a SCCa. That risk may be much greater in specific individuals and lesions.
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