Pre-cancers on the skin or Actinic Keratosis are extremely common lesions. They most commonly appear on the head and arms as a result of chronic sun exposure. Left untreated, they can develop into squamous cell carcinoma. To find out which of the various treatment options is best for you or take steps to reduce your risk for skin cancer, call today (949-200-7008) or make an appointment online.
What are Actinic Keratosis?
Actinic keratosis/precancerous of the skin are scaly red bumps found in sun exposed areas of the body. They are very common in people with light skin types and even more common in those who live in sunny climates, such as Orange County.
They appear in various sizes and shapes. Often, these lesions feel like rough spots on the skin that don’t seem to heal completely. They are usually painless and the frequency increases with age, as well as cumulative lifetime sun exposure.
Sadly, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer before the age of 70. Even worse, someone in America dies of skin cancer every 30 minutes.
How can I prevent Actinic Keratosis?
How are Actinic Keratosis treated?
When should I see someone about this?
If there are scaly areas or rough spots on your skin that don’t seem to heal, it is probably time to see someone. Left untreated these lesions can develop into a skin cancer. It is important to note that the presence of these spots mean that you have an increased likelihood of eventually developing squamous cell carcinoma.
If you have lesions that don’t seem to heal...please call, text us, or make an appointment online today at Golden Coast Dermatology, Skin Cancer, and Vein Center.