Actinic keratosis is relatively easy to diagnose: it appears as multiple scaly or bumpy patches with a rough, sandpapery texture, and is considered a precancerous condition. It is caused by excessive exposure to UV sunlight (and can be caused by UV exposure from indoor tanning beds) and is more commonly experienced by adults over 40 years of age.
It usually will not go away on its own unless the person completely avoids the sun for two or more years. (Pretty unrealistic—we think that would cause some major seasonal depressive disorder!) Sometimes it will disappear, only to reappear a few months later, so it’s incredibly important to take care of it as soon as you notice it.
Here at the Skin Cancer and Cosmetic Surgery Center (SCCSNJ) located in Edison, New Jersey, Dr. Lombardi has years of training and expertise in assisting patients in identifying and treating cancerous or precancerous lesions.
It’s most commonly found on the backs of the hands, the lower arms, the face, the ears, and bald scalps—essentially any places that get sunlight often. It may take the form of raised bumps or scaly patches and can take the color of the surrounding skin or be a bit brown or yellow. The rough patches should not hurt or be tender—if they do, they may have already morphed into skin cancer. The best way to keep this from happening is to take care of them before they get to that level!
The good news is that there are many treatment options to eliminate the actinic keratosis before it becomes cancerous.
Treatments for actinic keratosis range from quick fixes to long-term remedies, and from minimal irritation to relatively high (but brief) discomfort, so speak with Dr. Lombardi to determine what the best fit is for you.
Treatments range from quick fixes to longer-term remedies, and from minimal irritation to relatively high (but brief) discomfort, so speak to your dermatologist to determine what’s the best fit for you:
Taking proper caution with these rough, bumpy patches as soon as you notice them will save you from potentially harmful skin cancer. Sometimes they’re benign, but sometimes they’re not; taking the chance simply isn’t worth the risk!
If you have a suspicious lesion on your body that you would like Dr. Lombardi to evaluate, contact SCCSNJ today!
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