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Skin cancers and precursor lesions should be identified and removed.
Benign skin lesions should be identified. They don’t need removal, unless:
General characteristics of skin cancer are:
General characteristics of benign skin lesions are:
When evaluating pigmented lesions, especially if of concern to the patient, explain that diagnosis can be difficult:
Most melanomas arise from normal skin. Precursor lesions include:
If the lesion is likely benign, explain reasons against unnecessary excision:
Also explain the reasons that partial biopsy is generally avoided.
Precursor lesions are actinic keratoses and intraepidermal carcinoma for SCC.
There is no precursor lesion for BCC.
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