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Actinic Keratosis

Actinic Keratoses (AKs) are common, scaly growths that are found on sun-damaged skin. They are caused by years of sun exposure and, consequentially, are usually found on older individuals. The most common sites to find Actinic Keratoses are the face, scalp, back of the hands, and any other sun-exposed areas. They usually appear as small, rough, and raised areas. Oftentimes, they are easier felt than seen. Most people don’t recognize they have AKs until they are found on a routine skin exam. They are considered low-grade pre-cancer of the skin and rarely evolve into skin cancer.


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