Everything you need to know about this skin tumor

Last update: October 06, 2022, 09:10 IST

Seborrheic keratosis is non-cancerous and often does not require treatment

Seborrheic keratosis is non-cancerous and often does not require treatment

Seborrheic keratosis is a non-cancerous skin growth that is commonly seen in adults and the elderly. They are benign skin growths and often do not require treatment. This skin condition is neither bacterial nor viral. They are also not contagious and do not spread. The growth looks waxy or scary and slightly raised. They usually appear on the face, neck, chest or back. However, it is also essential to know the difference between these lesions and other malignant skin tumors.


Age is a big factor in giving rise to this skin condition and it is more prevalent in people over 50 and frequently worsens in the later stages. Seborrheic keratosis could also be hereditary. The skin condition can also develop in women in some cases due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and certain medications can also trigger such skin growth.


Seborrheic keratosis, which may appear as a flat or raised, flesh-colored, light brown, dark brown or black smooth, warty or waxy bump or papule or plaque. It may appear in varying size and number.


There is a method to completely prevent the development of seborrheic keratosis. However, regular application of sunscreen helps.

Diagnosis and treatment

Seborrheic keratosis usually does not need treatment, but it can be diagnosed by histopathology
and dermoscopy. It can be removed when there may be signs of skin cancer or regularly causes irritation. The treatments available are cryotherapy, curettage or laser surgery.

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