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Actinic Keratosis Treatment

Actinic Keratoses are commonly referred to as pre-cancers. They are usually felt as rough, flesh-colored small areas of skin that are not easily removed with washing or rubbing. 5-7% of these growths have the potential of converting into a skin cancer. For this reason, it is important to have them treated. Often times people will have many of these lesions at one time. The majority grow on sun exposed areas, such as the face, neck, and arms. However, they can develop anywhere a person has sustained constant sun exposure.

They are easily treated if caught early. Treatment modalities include cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen), topical medicines, chemical peels, physical removal (curettage) and photodynamic therapy (PDT).

People with a history of constant sun exposure will often develop recurrent outbreaks of these lesions. Regular skin checks with your dermatologist are very important.