Cancer Risk With Actinic Keratosis

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Question

I have been told I have some spots on my skin called"actinic keratosis." Does this mean I will get skin cancer?

Answer

Rachel Woods, RN, Nurse for the Surgical Dermatology Program at Penn Medicine responds:

If you have an AK, you are at risk for developing squamous cell cancer. AKs are precancerous and can be treated easily but it is a warning to keep vigilant about your skin checks

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire Sun Safety Webchat transcript.


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