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WHAT IS SEBORRHEIC KERATOSIS?

A seborrheic keratosis (seb-or-ree-ik kare-uh-toe-sis), also known as SK or seb ker, is a benign (non-cancerous) growth of surface skin cells with pigment (color).

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SK or Skin Cancer?

“People have learned the ABCDE rule of melanoma so well that they apply it to any lesion that’s dark, growing and has irregular borders,” says Dr. Ringpfeil. “SK would seem to be in that category, but it’s not because its surface is different from the smooth surface of a pigment-producing growth, such as a mole or melanoma. Still, it’s important to bring to your doctor’s attention anything that is flat, ugly, fast-growing, and black or brown,” she says.

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Spots and Age

Did you know that seborrheic keratosis (SK) can create different challenges depending on your age bracket?

What’s more, your feelings about SK can vary depending on your age. A few age-influenced SK scenarios:

  • Are you 40 and stricken with your first SK, while your friends are still fresh-faced? (And does it mean you’ll age faster?)
  • Are you 60 and stemming the scourge on your torso or back?
  • Do you wonder why your spots have gotten itchier as you’ve gotten older?
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SK by the Numbers

Reference: Bickers et al, The Burden of Skin Disease, J Am Acad Dermatol, 2006;55:490-500

Ages of Patients with SKs

Reference: IMS National Disease and Therapeutic Index 2015.

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