Actinic Keratoses Treatments in Western New York

Western New York Dermatology has treatment and procedures for anyone with Actinic Keratoses.

Actinic keratoses (AKs) appear as rough, red, flat or raised spots on sun-exposed areas of the skin.

  • They are considered to be “pre-cancers” for squamous cell carcinomas of the skin.

Actinic keratoses are the result of cumulative ultraviolet sunlight exposure that causes DNA damage in skin cells, causing those groups of cells to grow at an abnormal rate.

The cells have acquired enough mutations to be atypical, but not enough to be true squamous cell carcinomas yet.

The rate of individual transformation is low, but for a patient with a number of Actinic keratoses, the chance of an SCC developing at some point can be over 10-15%, which is why it is important to treat them.

Actinic keratoses are often red in color and rough or scaly.

Typically, these lesions occur on sun-exposed areas such as

  • The Face
  • Ears
  • Forearms
  • Shins
  • Scalp