Seborrheic keratosis is one of the most common non-cancerous skin tumors in the elderly. A seborrheic keratosis usually develops as a brown, black or slightly tanned growth on the face, chest, shoulders or back. The growth has a waxy, flaky and slightly elevated appearance. Seborrheic keratoses are not cancerous and unrelated to sunlight but may be similar to skin cancer. Seborrheic keratoses are usually painless and require no treatment. You may decide to remove them if they are irritated by clothing or for cosmetic reasons. The growth has a waxy and scaly appearance. Seborrheic keratosis is not cancerous and may be of following types
- Is round or oval shaped
- Has a specific “pasted on" look
- Flat or slightly elevated and scaly appearance
- Ranges in size from very small to more than 1 inch
- May be itchy
Seborrheic keratosis is normally not causing pain or discomfort and require no special treatment.