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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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