Seborrheic Keratosis

30 Jan

Seborrheic means “greasy” and keratosis means “Thickening of the skin.”

Seborrheic keratosis, or SKs, are one of the most common non-cancerous skin growths, says The mayo Clinic. Although anyone can get them, they are more common in middle-aged to older adults. Also known as basal cell papilloma, senile warts or barnacles these growths form as a common sign of skin aging, according to DermNet New Zealand.

The American Academy of Dermatology says a seborrheic keratosis may seem worrisome because it can look like a wart, a pre-cancerous skin growth or even skin cancer. However, despite their appearance, SKs are harmless.

Source: The Chronicle-Telegram Elyria, Ohio Senior Living supplement 1-2-2018

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