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Actinic Keratoses

Appearing as red, rough, scaly spots on the surface of the skin, actinic keratoses are small lesions that have the potential to develop into squamous cell skin cancers if left untreated.

Actinic keratosis lesions appear on frequently sun-exposed areas of skin such as the face, ears, hands, balding scalp and forearms. Too much exposure to UV rays can be detrimental to the upper layer of the skin (the epidermis), and can result in the abnormal growth of potentially harmful cells. Fair-skinned people, people over the age of 40 who have been exposed to a lot of sun and outdoor workers in hot environments are particularly susceptible.

Actinic Keratoses often develop several at a time, and they may be accompanied by mild discomfort, such as a light sting or itch.

To prevent these lesions from developing, we recommend being sun smart at all times. In terms of treatment, we can advise you on the most appropriate method based on the number of lesions, their location, your age and your general health.