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Actinic Keratosis - Basics

  • Actinic Keratosis - A Definition
    Actinic Keratoses are formed in the epidermis. They are also known as Solar Keratoses. They are identified by atypical changes in the keratinocytes which are the cells making up most of the epidermis. There is a debate as to whether they are precancerous or whether they are all skin cancers from the start, being part of a continuum from early signs to fully formed cancer called Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Read more
  • Actinic Keratosis - What Causes It
    Actinic Keratosis is seen especially in those who work outdoors, sailors, golfers, skiers and in those who have significant other recreational sun exposure. Read more

Treatment of Actinic Keratosis

Actinic Keratosis - Treatment
Options for the treatment of actinic keratosis include topical drug therapy, surgical or chemical destruction of the lesions and photodynamic therapy. In some cases, a combination of these modalities is used. Read more

Actinic Keratosis Treatment - 5-Fluorouracil
5-Fluorouracil is a type of topical chemotherapy. Fluorouracil reacts against the sun-damaged skin but does not usually affect normal skin. It is a cream or liquid which is applied to the skin. Read more

Actinic Keratosis Treatment - Aldara
This is a part of a new class of drugs called immune response modifiers. Aldara is a new and exciting medication that was originally approved for the treatment of genital warts. It has recently been approved in Canada and the US to treat Actinic Keratosis. Read more