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Is actinic keratosis a real problem? Can I treat it with aldara (imiquimod)?

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Dr. John Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

Actinic keratosis (ak) is a sign that your skin has had excessive sun exposure.
It may represent a "pre-cancerous" lesion as some will become skin cancers eventually. If you have ak's then you should have a thorough check up by a dermatologist to be sure you don't already have skin cancer and you can get advice on how best to treat your ak's.

In brief: Possibly

Actinic keratosis (ak) is a sign that your skin has had excessive sun exposure.
It may represent a "pre-cancerous" lesion as some will become skin cancers eventually. If you have ak's then you should have a thorough check up by a dermatologist to be sure you don't already have skin cancer and you can get advice on how best to treat your ak's.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Dr. John Hoffmann
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Dr. Hung Khong
Internal Medicine - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes and Yes

Yes, actinic keratosis is a real problem. It is a premalignant condition caused by sun exposure.
If left untreated, actinic keratosis can progress to squamous cell cancer of the skin. Threatments include freezing by liquid nitrogen; 5-FU chemo cream; immune modifier Aldara (imiquimod) cream...

In brief: Yes and Yes

Yes, actinic keratosis is a real problem. It is a premalignant condition caused by sun exposure.
If left untreated, actinic keratosis can progress to squamous cell cancer of the skin. Threatments include freezing by liquid nitrogen; 5-FU chemo cream; immune modifier Aldara (imiquimod) cream...
Dr. Hung Khong
Dr. Hung Khong
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