Actinic Keratoses are scaly crusty lesions that are often raised above the surface of the skin and sometimes are mistaken for warts. They are caused by exposure to UV rays, both from the sun and tanning beds. While many keratoses can be harmless, some can develop into skin cancer. For that reason, if you notice something that resembles a keratosis on your skin, you should consult a board-certified dermatologist as soon as possible.
Who is most likely to develop Actinic Keratosis?
While anyone can develop keratosis and skin cancer, both are more common among Caucasians, those with blond or red hair, and blue or green eyes. The likelihood of developing keratoses or skin cancer increases with the amount of time your skin is exposed to the sun or to tanning lamps over the years.
How can I protect myself from Actinic Keratosis?
One way to lessen your chance of developing a serious form of skin cancer, other than limiting your UV-ray exposure, is to get regular skin checks from a board-certified dermatologist. A dermatologist can examine areas of your skin that you cannot regularly inspect, like your back, can properly identify any suspicious marks, can chart the progress of any growths, and can suggest treatment options when necessary.
Can the doctors at Dermatologic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery in Chicago help me with Actinic Keratosis?
Yes, we can help you. One of our board-certified dermatologists can perform a complete inspection of your skin to see if you have any Actinic Keratosis or any other suspicious-looking skin conditions. Once the doctor completes their inspection, they will discuss the results with you and, if necessary, offer you options for treatment. In some cases, spots identified as skin cancer can be treated by simply removing the affected area. This is a simple, almost painless procedure that we can do right in our office.
Our hope is that we can help educate you about how to best protect yourself from skin cancer. So, even if you are young and feel confident about the health of your skin, we strongly encourage you to begin a relationship with a board-certified dermatologist now so that they can be familiar with your skin and any changes they see over time.