precancerous

adjective
pre·​can·​cer·​ous | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈkan(t)s-rəs How to pronounce precancerous (audio) , -ˈkan(t)-sə-\

Definition of precancerous

: tending to become cancerous a precancerous lesion

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Sunburns raise your risk for permanent skin damage and certain diseases, including premature aging, precancerous skin lesions, and skin cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Long a Sunburn Lasts Before Fading Away — And How to Make It Heal Faster," 17 Apr. 2019 This may be done to smooth out the skin after treatment or, in some cases, even as part of treatment to remove precancerous patches of skin. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Melanie Griffith Posted a 'Bandaged' Selfie After Undergoing Dermabrasion Following Her Skin Cancer Treatment," 28 Aug. 2018 Spotting can also signal an infection or precancerous changes in the lining of your uterus. Sari Harrar, Good Housekeeping, "4 Perimenopause Period Symptoms That Could Be Serious," 3 July 2018 In the cervix, persistent infection with high-risk HPV types can lead to precancerous changes that, left alone, slowly turn malignant. Marie Mccullough, chicagotribune.com, "HPV is causing an oral cancer epidemic in men by outwitting natural defenses," 12 Mar. 2018 The results, which appeared in The Lancet in 2001, showed that patients who applied the T4N5 developed significantly fewer cancerous and precancerous lesions than the placebo group. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "DNA-Repairing Sunscreen: Legit or Not?," 2 July 2018 In the cervix, persistent infection with high-risk HPV types can lead to precancerous changes that, left alone, slowly turn malignant. Marie Mccullough, chicagotribune.com, "HPV is causing an oral cancer epidemic in men by outwitting natural defenses," 12 Mar. 2018 In the cervix, persistent infection with high-risk HPV types can lead to precancerous changes that, left alone, slowly turn malignant. Marie Mccullough, chicagotribune.com, "HPV is causing an oral cancer epidemic in men by outwitting natural defenses," 12 Mar. 2018 In the cervix, persistent infection with high-risk HPV types can lead to precancerous changes that, left alone, slowly turn malignant. Marie Mccullough, chicagotribune.com, "HPV is causing an oral cancer epidemic in men by outwitting natural defenses," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of precancerous

1879, in the meaning defined above

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precancerous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of precancerous

medical : likely to become cancerous

precancerous

adjective
pre·​can·​cer·​ous | \ -ˈkan(t)s-(ə-)rəs How to pronounce precancerous (audio) \

Medical Definition of precancerous

: tending to become cancerous : premalignant a precancerous lesion

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