What is Actinic Keratosis?

What is actinic keratosis?

During annual skin cancer screenings at Plantation Dermatology, Dr. Scott Decklebaum and his team may evaluate the skin and look for lesions known as actinic keratosis. Actinic keratosis is a skin condition that can develop anywhere on the body, especially in areas where sun and tanning bed exposure has been prevalent. While the growth itself is not of immediate concern, it is considered a precancerous lesions. Our team in Plantation, FL is pleased to provide patients with a thorough evaluation and diagnosis of their condition, and speak to them about their options for treatment. Whether you have a mole, skin tag, or actinic keratosis, it is always smart to get a proper evaluation, definitive diagnosis, and effective treatment.

Understanding actinic keratosis

Actinic keratosis is a common skin condition that causes rough, scaly patches on the skin. These patches are often red or brown and can be itchy or painful. Actinic keratosis is caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or other sources, such as tanning beds. UV radiation damages the DNA in skin cells, which can lead to the development of actinic keratosis.

Should I be concerned about actinic keratosis?

Actinic keratosis is a precancerous condition, which means that it can develop into skin cancer if it is not treated. However, most cases of actinic keratosis do not progress to cancer. Treatment for actinic keratosis can help to prevent the condition from progressing to skin cancer.

How is actinic keratosis treated?

There are several treatment options for actinic keratosis, including:

  • Cryotherapy (freezing treatment)
  • Topical medications
  • Surgical intervention

Your doctor at Plantation Dermatology will recommend a treatment plan based on the severity of your condition and your preferences.

How do I learn more about actinic keratosis and other skin concerns?

At Plantation Dermatology, we believe that education is knowledge that can be used to be proactive about skin care and health. If you are concerned about a new growth or lesion on your skin, it is always a good idea to connect with a dermatologist for an evaluation and skin cancer screening. Call our front office team at 954-577-5161 to request a visit at our practice in Plantation, FL. Dr. Scott Decklebaum and his team work directly with patients who have general, cosmetic, and medical dermatology concerns.

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