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What is Actinic Keratosis?

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Photo courtesy of: freedigitalphotos.net/ by graur codrin

Actinic keratosis is the appearance of a scaly, crusty skin patch, which can result from exposure to the sun.  It is a type of skin cancer that usually develops on an area of skin that is frequently exposed to the sun.

Where on your body can it appear?

  • Scalp
  • Face
  • Hands
  • Forearms
  • Shoulders
  • Your back
  • Neck

Actinic keratosis usually starts out small. You may feel it before it appears, since the skin patch feels much rougher than the surrounding skin.

Symptoms Include:

  • Itching
  • Change of color on the skin area it appears on such as red, brown or pink
  • Developing a tender or prickly sensation
  • Becoming inflamed or bleeding
  • In rare cases, metastasizing to other body areas

Causes Include:

  • UV light damage to skin cells

Who does actinic keratosis affect?

  • Seniors: Actinic keratosis is caused by lifetime exposure to the sun. This makes adults and seniors more likely get it.
  • People with less pigment in their skin: People with fair skin are at greater risk because they have less protective pigment and are more likely to have been sunburned.
  • People with immune deficiencies: Diseases and medical treatments can suppress your immune system, which means that your body might be less able to effectively repair the harm done by sun exposure on the skin.

 

Do you or someone you care for have Actinic Keratosis? See if you qualify for IMMUNOe’s clinical research on Actinic Keratosis today!

Source: http://www.everydayhealth.com/skin-cancer/actinic-keratosis/

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