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Precancerous condition
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MeSH D011230

A precancerous condition (or premalignant condition) is a generalized state associated with a significantly increased risk of cancer. If left untreated, these conditions may lead to cancer.

Premalignant lesion is a morphologically altered tissue in which cancer is more likely to occur than its apparently normal counterpart.

Examples of pre-malignant conditions include actinic keratosis,[1] Barrett's esophagus, atrophic gastritis, and cervical dysplasia.

The term was coined in 1875 by Romanian physician Victor Babeş.



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