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Benign Skin Tumors Symptoms & Diagnosis


Seborrheic keratosis:

  • Can be located anywhere on body, but usually appear on the chest, torso, face, shoulders, or back
  • Are typically yellow, tan, brown, or black
  • Are elevated off the skin surface
  • May have a rough or wart-like texture
  • May have a pasted look, as if a blob of dirt or clay is stuck on the skin
  • Usually have a round or oval shape
  • Can be single or multiple growths
  • May be itchy
  • Can be irritated by clothing or jewelry and can bleed if picked or rubbed


Since some seborrheic keratoses appear dark, they may be difficult to distinguish from pigmented growths that are prone to becoming cancerous. Therefore, it is very important that you have a doctor check and ensure that they are seborrheic keratoses. Doctors can usually make an accurate diagnosis upon examination of the skin growth, but a biopsy can be done to make sure in uncertain cases.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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