Learning module: Actinic keratosis and squamous cell carcinoma

Goals and objectives

The purpose of this module is to help medical students develop a clinical approach to the evaluation and initial management of patients who present with suspicious lesions.

After completing this module, the learner should be able to:
  • Identify and describe the morphology of actinic keratoses.
  • Identify and describe the morphology of squamous cell carcinoma.
  • Initiate appropriate workup for suspicious lesions.
  • Recognize high-risk factors for development of squamous cell carcinoma, including organ transplant and immunosuppression.
  • Refer patients with skin lesions suspicious for non-melanoma skin cancer to a dermatologist.

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