AKA Solar Keratosis or Senile Keratosis
Actinic keratosis is a premalignant condition of thick, scaly or crusty patches of skin. When skin is exposed to constant sun, actinic keratosis can manifest itself in thick, scaly, or crusty bumps that are dry and rough to the touch, and later transform into a tough, wart-like area.
An actinic keratosis site can be dark, light, tan, pink, or red, or exhibit the same pigment as the surrounding skin. Medical treatment is imperative — actinic keratoses are benign, but without treatment, a full 20% of these pre-cancers develop into squamous cell carcinoma.
In the vast majority of cases, actinic keratoses are the direct result of long-term exposure to the sun; they are especially prevalent in those who work outdoors or incur significant recreational sun exposure, such as golfers, skiers and sailors. Risk factors include:
- Long-term, daily exposure to the sun’s UV rays
- Multiple, severe sunburns early in life
- Fair skin, blue or green eyes
- Blond or red hair
- Exposure to chemical carcinogens
The elderly are a higher-risk group, owing to their accumulated exposure to the sun.
Contact Storwick and Associates for treatment information at 403.286.0086