Pre Skin Cancer/ Actinic Keratosis
A pre skin cancer, also known as an actinic keratosis (AK) is a scaly spot found on sun-damaged skin. They are very common on sites repeatedly exposed to the sun, especially the backs of the hands and the face, most often affecting the ears, nose, cheeks, upper lip, temples, forehead, and scalp.
A small percentage of AKs can develop into basal or squamous cell carcinomas, so it is important to treat them early on to prevent this risk.
Pre Skin Cancer Treatment Options
There are several treatment options depending on the location and number of pre-cancers on your skin. Freezing AKs with liquid nitrogen is the standard treatment.
There are also several prescription creams that can be used to target the damaged cells directly to field-treat an area that has numerous AKs. Daily sun protection in sun-exposed areas is also important to prevent future pre skin cancers.
Actinic Keratosis Treatment in Athens, Winder, Lake Oconee, Elberton & Commerce, GA
If you are concerned about a pre-cancer AK, don’t wait to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled dermatologists. Call Georgia Skin Cancer & Aesthetic Dermatology today at (706) 543-5858 or use our convenient online Request an Appointment form to arrange your visit.