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What are actinic keratoses?

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

An actinic keratosis is a precancerous skin lesion that commonly develops after many years of sun exposure.  It most commonly affects those who are over 40 years old and have a fairer skin tone.  About 1 in 6 Americans are diagnosed with actinic keratoses.  It is important to have the actinic keratoses treated because if left untreated there is a risk that they can develop into a skin cancer called squamous cell carcinomas.  Actinic keratoses are often characterized by a rough, scaly texture to the skin.  They are often red, but can be brown or even skin colored.  They are most commonly found on sun-exposed areas, such as the face, scalp, neck, arms, and hands.

If you are concerned you may have an actinic keratosis, schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists today.

Dr. Amir Bajoghli

About Dr. Amir Bajoghli

Dr. Amir Bajoghli became Associate Clinical professor of Dermatology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also holds academic appointments at Georgetown University Schools of Medicine and has been named top doctor by Washingtonian and Northern Virginia Magazine. He is currently practicing as a dermatologist and owner of Skin & Laser Surgery Center PC with offices in Tysons Corner, Woodbridge, and Stafford Virginia.

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