Actinic keratosis, you know? This skin condition is characterized by small red-brown lesions and rough, which have the particularity of not cure but to persist for months on the areas most exposed to the sun. However, actinic keratosis can lead to precancerous lesions.

1.Actinic keratosis, it looks like what?
2.What might we do with an actinic keratosis?
3.Who is at risk of actinic keratosis?
4.How to treat actinic keratosis?


Actinic keratosis, it looks like what?

Traces red or brown, rough, dry and more or less thick, which appear after middle age, especially in areas that were most exposed to the sun: the face (forehead, nose, eye), chest, back hands, forearms, neck, ears, scalp if hair loss, etc.. They sometimes look like patches of psoriasis or eczema, but they have the distinction of not heal, even after applying a cream containing cortisone. They persist for months.

What might we do with an actinic keratosis?

The actinic keratoses lesions can be precancerous, that is to say that if they persist for months, they can lead to cancer. Indeed, it is estimated that between 1 and 3% of these lesions can develop into squamous cell carcinoma, a skin cancer.

It is therefore recommended the show to a dermatologist to decide whether to or not to eliminate them before they become cancerous and they swarm in the body, affecting adjacent organs (between 10 and 15% of squamous cell carcinomas give metastases).

Remember there are several types of skin cancer:

– Melanoma, the most dangerous, that we identify as a grain of beauty or a black lesion on the skin that changes in form and color.

– Basal cell carcinoma, the most frequent (90% of cancers of the skin), but the origin of tumors benign heal easily.

– Squamous cell carcinoma, less common but more dangerous than basal cell, with a tendency to metastasize.