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Actinic keratosis

Also known as Solar Keratosis and Senile Keratosis

Actinic keratosis (also called "solar keratosis" and "senile keratosis") is a premalignant condition of thick, scaly, or crusty patches of skin.:719 It is more common in fair-skinned people and it is associated with those who are frequently exposed to the sun, as it is usually accompanied by solar damage. They are considered as potentially pre-cancerous, since some of them progress to squamous cell carcinoma, so treatment is recommended. Untreated lesions have up to 20 % risk of progression to squamous cell carcinoma.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with actinic keratosis, 72% report having abnormal appearing skin, 70% report having skin lesion, and 54% report having skin dryness, peeling, scaliness, or roughness. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of actinic keratosis are abnormal appearing skin, skin lesion, skin dryness, peeling, scaliness, or roughness, skin growth, irregular appearing scalp, skin moles, and skin irritation, although you may still have actinic keratosis without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with actinic keratosis often receive complete physical skin exam performed (ml), excision, excision of skin lesion, biopsy, wound care management, other diagnostic procedures on skin and subcutaneous tissue, other therapeutic procedures and other non-or therapeutic procedures on skin and breast .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with actinic keratosis include fluorouracil, epinephrine / lidocaine, fluorouracil topical, imiquimod topical, tretinoin topical, metronidazole topical product, ketoconazole, clobetasol topical, fluocinonide topical, desoximetasone topical, desonide topical, aminolevulinic acid topical and oxiconazole topical .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for actinic keratosis include age 75+ years, age 60-74 years and race/ethnicity = white. On the other hand, age 5-14 years, age 1-4 years, age 15-29 years, and age < 1 years almost never get actinic keratosis.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.0x
15-29 years
0.0x
30-44 years
0.2x
45-59 years
0.9x
60-74 years
2.9x
75+ years
3.9x

Sex

Male
1.4x
Female
0.7x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.1x
Hispanic
0.3x
White
1.5x
Other
0.4x
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