Also called solar keratosis
An AK forms when the skin is badly damaged by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or indoor tanning. Most people get more than one AK. When you have more than one AK, you have actinic keratoses, or AKs.
Anyone who has many AKs should be under a dermatologist’s care. Most people who have many AKs continue to get new AKs for life. AKs are considered precancerous. Left untreated, AKs may turn into a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma.
By seeing a dermatologist for checkups, the AKs can be treated before they become skin cancer. If skin cancer does develop, it can be caught early when treatment often cures skin cancer.
Remove Actinic Keratosis and Moles
Actinic keratosis refers to a patch of red, thick, scaly and/or crusty skin lesions that usually range from about 2mm to 6mm or more. These lesions are considered precancerous. Affecting mostly lighter-skinned people, actinic keratosis is caused by overexposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun and tanning beds. Left untreated, up to 10% of lesions will develop into squamous cell carcinoma. More rarely, they will develop into basal cell carcinoma.
CO2 laser treatment can be used to remove actinic keratoses before they become cancerous. It can also remove moles, either for aesthetic or health reasons. Mole treatment is essential for moles that have begun to grow, bleed or otherwise change, as they may be transforming to melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer. Any sudden appearance of or change in a lesion, plaque or mole is worrisome and should be brought to the attention of Venus Center dermatologist in order to receive timely CO2 laser mole treatment.