Actinic Keratoses

Definition of Actinic Keratoses:

Actinic keratoses are common premalignant skin tumors that appear as small, raised, flaky lesions usually found on heavily sun-exposed skin in older people.  They are mainly due to long-term exposure to the sun in susceptible persons and may progress to squamous cell carcinoma.

Topics Related to Actinic Keratoses

Immunotherapy a treatment
“...Topical immunotherapy utilizes an immune enhancement cream (imiquimod) which is an interferon producer causing the patients own killer T-cells to destroy warts, actinic keratoses, basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, cutaneous lymphoma, and superficial malignant melanoma...”


...the condition
“...Actinic Keratoses are scaly papules that occur on exposed skin of older, fairer-skinned, persons resulting from chronic overexposure to ultraviolet light from the sun...”
...relationship to Sun Damage/Overexposure
“Because risk increases according to total lifetime sun exposure, older people are much more likely to develop actinic keratoses.”

Sunlight Exposure a treatment
“...The influence of painful sunburns and lifetime sun exposure on the risk of actinic keratoses, seborrheic warts, melanocytic nevi, atypical nevi, and skin cancer...”
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