Actinic Keratosis

Some people develop a precancerous condition called actinic keratosis, a rough, red or brown scaly patch on the skin that may develop into squamous cell carcinoma. It usually occurs in areas that have been exposed to the sun, such as ...1

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Symptoms of Actinic Keratosis

A rough, red or brown scaly patch on the skin that may develop into squamous cell carcinoma. It usually occurs in areas that have been exposed to the sun, such as the face, the back of the hands and the ...2

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Causes List for Actinic Keratosis

Some possible causes of Actinic Keratosis or similar disorders may include:3

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Types of Actinic Keratosis

Some types of this condition may include:4 Types of actinic keratosis:

  • External Ear Actinic Keratosis
  • Keratosis, Familial Actinic
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Diagnosis of Actinic Keratosis

Tests or procedures that examine the skin are used to detect (find) and diagnose nonmelanoma skin cancer and actinic keratosis. The following procedures may be used:

  • Skin exam: A doctor or nurse checks the skin for bumps or spots that ...
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Risk Factors for Actinic Keratosis

Skin color and being exposed to sunlight can increase the risk of nonmelanoma skin cancer and actinic keratosis. Anything that increases your chance of getting a disease is called a risk factor. Having a risk factor does not mean that ...5

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Treatments: Actinic Keratosis

Treatment Option Overview: Key Points

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References

  1. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ 2005/ August2005/ docs/ 01features_01.htm
  2. ibid.
  3. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  4. Source: NCI Thesaurus
  5. Source: NCI (NIH): cancer.gov/ types/ skin/ patient/ skin-treatment-pdq

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