Actinic keratosis (“sun-induced growth”) are very common pre-cancerous growths that are occasionally overlooked as they can be mistaken as areas of persistently dry skin. In some cases, the shard-like scale can be picked off to reveal temporarily smooth skin. However, the pre-cancerous cells underneath remain present and within a few days or weeks, the scale returns.
Treatment is necessary as generally 1 in 10 of these scaly spots will become a skin cancer if not treated. Treatments range from freezing (cryosurgery) to the use of pre-cancer destroying creams and light treatments. As with many skin problems, daily use of sunscreen is the key to reduce the number of future growths or to prevent them in the first place.
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