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Actinic Keratosis Symptoms & Diagnosis


If you have these lesions on your skin, do not assume they are actinic keratoses. These skin lesions may be cancer or another serious condition. If you find one of them, see your physician.

  • Mottled red and white, thinning skin on sun-exposed areas
  • Rough, scaly, or crusted patches on sun-exposed areas


Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. You may be referred to a dermatologist. This is a doctor that focuses on skin issues.

A biopsy of the lesion may be done to look for cancer.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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