Actinic keratosis are rough scaly bumps that appear in sun-exposed areas (scalp, face, chest, arms, hands, and legs) that result from chronic sun exposure. Typically actinic keratosis appears red or pink and tend to itch or feel tender. Sun damage that causes actinic keratosis can accumulate from constant exposure while outside and even more so from the use of tanning beds.
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Actinic keratosis are precancerous lesions. If left untreated for many years, a small percentage can evolve into skin cancer (specifically squamous cell carcinoma).
There are many effective treatments for removing actinic keratosis. Typical treatments for actinic keratosis include liquid nitrogen cryotherapy, topical medications such as efudex and aldara, and photodynamic therapy. These treatments are essential in preventing actinic keratosis from developing into a serious form of cancer such as melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma.
Wearing sunscreen daily (SPF 30 or greater) and sun protective clothing will decrease your incidence of these precancerous lesions.
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