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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience in Medical Oncology
Pre-cancer: Actinic keratosis is a pre-cancerous skin lesion. It's a scaly area that feels sharp, like sandpaper or a glass shard, when you rub your finger over i ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Mamelak
20 years experience in Dermatology
Actinic Keraotsis: Actinic keratoses arise in chronically sun exposed sites, such as the backs of the hands, forearms and face. They usually present as rough scaly or cr ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paige Gutheil
18 years experience in Family Medicine
Dermatologist appt: Unfortunately there is no studied over the counter treatment for actinic keratosis (ak). Since ak is a form of precancer, it is important to have it t ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Crosby
15 years experience in Dermatology
Clinical exam: Actinic keratoses are early precancerous lesions caused primarily by sun exposure over time. They are usually diagnosed by your dermatologist on clin ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han answered
22 years experience in Dermatology
Scaly red papules: Actinic keratosis is a premalignant lesion that over time can evolve into squamous or basal cell carcinomas. They are usually small persistent crusty ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han answered
22 years experience in Dermatology
H/o sunburns: Actinic keratoses are precancerous lesions caused by excessive sun exposure. The more sunburns you've had, the more risk of developing ak's.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: In fact, relatively few of them do so. However, if you have been diagnosed with an ak, it is best to make sure you follow the recommended schedule of ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
26 years experience in Medical Oncology
Freeze, 5FU, Aldara (imiquimod): Actinic keratosis (ak) is a premalignant condition caused chiefly by sun exposure. If left untreated, ak can progress to squamous cell cancer of the s ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paige Gutheil
18 years experience in Family Medicine
None: Unfortunately there is no studied over the counter treatment for actinic keratosis (ak). Since ak is a form of precancer, it is important to have it t ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Zimmet
42 years experience in Aesthetic Medicine
Yes: Actinic keratoses are pre-cancerous skin lesions caused by sun exposure. Various treatments can be used, including liquid nitrogen (freezing), topical ... Read More

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