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Atypical Fibroxanthoma

By Gregory L. Wells, MD

Atypical fibroxanthoma is a skin cancer that tends to grow slowly.

Atypical fibroxanthomas most commonly occur on the head and neck of older people. They may appear similar to skin cancers other than melanoma, often as pink-red raised areas or bumps that do not heal and may be tender. Doctors base the diagnosis on the results of a biopsy. Atypical fibroxanthomas do not typically spread (metastasize) to other organs. Surgical removal of the tumor is usually sufficient treatment.