As the proportion of the aged in the US population increases, so does the burden of cutaneous disease . Cutaneous diseases of the elderly represent significant morbidity, with many patients having multiple conditions . Hyperproliferative disorders of the skin are strongly associated with exposure to solar radiation and are commonly present in older adults . Although nonmalignant growths are far more common than malignant ones, skin cancers represent about 6% of all dermatology visits . The prevalence of cutaneous malignancies increases with age  (Table 55.1).
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