Pre-Cancerous Skin Lesions – Actinic Keratosis

These small, scaly patches are caused by too much sun, and commonly occur on the head, neck, or hands, but can be found elsewhere. They can be an early warning sign of skin cancer, but it’s hard to tell whether a particular patch will continue to change over time and become cancerous. Most do not, but doctors recommend early treatment to prevent the development of squamous cell skin cancer. Fair-skinned, blond, or red-haired people with blue or green eyes are most at risk. While Actinic keratosis may lead to skin cancers such as squamous cell carcinomas, they do not turn into melanomas. The best prevention is to wear sun screen daily,  protective clothing, hats, and minimize you time in the sun and most importantly have your skin examined regularly. Learn more, visit: MiamiCosmeticDerm

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