Skin Cancer Pictures, Part IV: Non-Cancerous and Pre-Cancerous Skin Lesions
From Timothy DiChiara, Ph.D., former About.com Guide
Updated March 18, 2009
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(also called solar keratosis) is a precancerous skin lesion usually caused by too much sun exposure
. (It may also be caused by many other factors, such as radiation or arsenic exposure.) If left untreated, actinic keratoses can develop into a more invasive and potentially disfiguring skin cancer
called squamous cell carcinoma
. They appear predominantly on sun-exposed skin, such as the face, neck, back of the hands and forearms, upper chest, and upper back. Men may develop keratoses along the rim of the ear.