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Actinic Keratosis

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actinic keratosis

Actinic keratosis is a small precancerous lesion caused by years of sun damage that can develop into squamous cell carcinoma. 

As a result, dermatologists at Jefferson may provide you with a number of options to remove these lesions to reduce your risk of developing cancer.

You're more susceptible to this condition if you have a fair complexion. Self-examinations are highly recommended. If you notice any changes, such as itchy or dry, crusty patches of skin, consult a physician.

A Personalized Treatment Plan for Actinic Keratosis

Our dermatologists use a dermatoscope that allows them to examine the skin very closely for any cancerous changes. After a diagnosis is made, your dermatologist will develop a personalized treatment plan for you that may include topical medications, chemical peeling, phototherapy, dermabrasion or cryotherapy, a procedure that destroys lesions through the application of extremely cold substances.

You will be monitored closely to manage your risk of squamous cell carcinoma.