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I have had this weird growth on my right cheek for years…

I have had this weird...
I have had this weird growth on my right cheek for years (probably 15 years) - it has never really changed, maybe gotten a little bigger over the years, but it may not have changed at all. I had a GP look at it once and he said it's an ingrown hair from shaving, then another Dr. said it was a skin tag which I have a lot of under my eyes and my arms, and in my groin.......I was wondering what you thought it might be - could it also be a wart? Also what could I do to remove it? In patient surgery to remove it? Is it harmless?
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Not cancer and nothing too serious

Not a wart either

It's called an actinic keratosis

Nothing topical will work on it but it can easily be removed with liquid nitrogen freezing by a dermatologist

Please let me know if you need any more information

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I read online that that actinic keratosis can become cancerous over time - what is the chance of this? Should I have it removed?
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
hopefully you can still answer this even though I already rated you

It very rarely turns to cancer but I think you should have it removed

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
very rarely like less than 1% - I will get it removed but am having a colonoscopy in a month and would like to wait until end of the year to do this - unless you think it should be done asap - I have had it for years already

No, no need to have it done ASAP--the fact that it's been there for so long means it isn't cancer

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
it being there 15 years means if it would have turned into cancer it already would have then?
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
thanks for your time today

I'm saying that it simply isn't cancer right now

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
last question - what percent of lesions like this become cancerous? Thanks

Less than 1%

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
ok thank you

My pleasure and call on me anytime

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