By Eric Brumwell, MD
Dermatologist, Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center.
The name may be unfamiliar, but the appearance is common.
Although you may not have heard of actinic keratosis, if you’re someone who spends time in the sun, you run a high risk of developing one or more in your lifetime.
In fact, since people often have more than one, it is common for dermatologists to refer to them in the plural, “keratoses.”
According to the Society for Investigative Dermatology and The American Academy of Dermatology, actinic keratosis is the most common pre-cancer in the United States. It affects more than 58 million Americans.
What are they? And what do they look like? [Read more…] about Actinic Keratosis: Awareness, Skin Exams Key to Treating the Most Common Pre-Cancer