Actinic Keratosis


Long term exposure to the sun may cause the development of actinic keratoses (AK). They most often appear as small rough scaly spots or patches with underlying redness and occasionally, no scaling is apparent. They are most commonly found on the top of the head, on the face, the back of the neck, the hands, the lower arms and chest. Fair-skinned people, especially those who have had years of sun-exposure, are more prone to develop AKs. An AK can develop into cancer and should be treated right away.

If you think you have AKs you should get an accurate diagnosis from your physician.  Although they can readily be treated when discovered early, each actinic keratosis has the potential to develop into a skin cancer.

At the Rosenthal Clinic we offer photodynamic therapy for the treatment of AKs.  This treatment offers a way of dealing with multiple AKs at the same time while avoiding weeks of the painful and unsightly skin changes induced by alternative treatment approaches. It also provides an improvement in overall skin quality.

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