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AKs: What to look for

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AKs: What to look for

An actinic keratosis is a rough, scaly or crusty bump that forms on the surface of the skin. They are also called solar keratosis, sun spots, or precancerous spots. Dermatologists frequently refer to them as "AK's". If you're fair-skinned and over 50, you have an increased chance of developing actinic keratoses, which are commonly found on sun-exposed skin (face, ears, bald scalp, neck, backs of hands and forearms, and lips). AKs are often more easily recognized by touch rather than sight. See your doctor for a confirmed diagnosis and about treatment options, since these slow-growing lesions can develop into skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma). Incorporating the use of a sunscreen into your daily skin care regimen and wearing protective clothing and accessories can limit the amount of UV damage to your skin. A simple way to incorporate sun prot

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