Actinic Keratosis is sometimes referred to as solar keratosis. The rough, scaly patches of skin usually develop as a result of years of exposure from the sun.
The most common areas where actinic keratosis develops are usually the areas of skin that receives the most sun exposure:
An actinic keratosis usually develops over a long period of time. They don’t generally cause any signs or symptoms other than a patch or small spot on the skin. The patch or small spot then increases in size over the years.
They more commonly appear in people over the age of 40, however, they can affect people below that age also.
Not always. If treated early, it’s often quite straight-forward to remove the all actinic keratosis before it develops into skin cancer.
Only a small percentage of lesions eventually become skin cancer if left untreated. Some actinic keratoses can progress to squamous cell carcinoma, therefore, it’s important to treat actinic keratosis appropriately.
If the actinic keratosis develops into cancer, it may present some signs and symptom, these can include:
Healthcare providers will look closely at the lesion, they can often diagnose it alone by looking at and feeling the area of your skin.
However, in some cases it can be hard to tell if an actinic keratosis is skin cancer, as a result, you may need a small amount of the area of skin checked under a microscope, this is also known as a skin biopsy.
At The Everything Skin ClinicTM, if we believe your actinic keratosis is cancerous, we will remove a small amount of skin and run a skin biopsy to test if it’s cancerous. If it is cancerous, our expert dermatologists can diagnose and treat the lesion all under one roof.
We treat both actinic keratosis and squamous cell carcinoma at The Everything Skin ClinicTM, this is particularly appealing to people who don’t want to wait long for treatment, or don’t want to have different referrals to different locations for diagnosis and treatments.
There are many treatments available for actinic keratosis. However, the type of treatment offered to each patient will depend upon the extent of actinic keratosis and the thickness. The treatment plan will also need to suit your lifestyle.
Yes. Anyone interested in treatment for actinic keratosis will need a consultation. Our expert consultant dermatologists will need to look closely at your condition. It’s important that they confirm your diagnosis and send off any biopsies (if needed).
We will also need to discuss your medical history and determine which treatment will be the best treatment option for your condition.
If you have actinic keratosis, it’s very important you protect your skin from the sun even if a lesion has been previously removed.
Protecting your skin from the sun will reduce the risk of developing any new skin lesions and it will help reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.
To protect yourself from the sun, we advise that you:
In very rare cases, an actinic keratosis may grow back and it’s important to note that other lesions may appear on other areas of the body also. It’s not uncommon for more than one to appear at once, however, avoiding sun exposure will help to prevent this.
At Everything Skin Clinic™, we have a team of highly trained Consultant dermatologists, who have completed specialist training in Dermatology and are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council. All our consultants hold substantive contracts with the best Dermatology centres in leading NHS hospitals. Therefore, you can be certain of the highest quality private care.
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