Mass. General Study Points to the First Topical Treatment For Common Benign Skin Lesions

Sometimes called “senile warts,” “barnacles” or “liver spots,” SKs vary in color from tan to black, can be flat or raised, and range in size from quite small to an inch or more across.

They become more common with aging; most individuals over 40 are likely to have a few, and some can have hundreds scattered across the torso and face.

While SKs have some microscopic features in common with their malignant counterpart squamous cell carcinoma and most have mutations in genes known to be involved in
cancer, SKs never become malignant.

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