Actinic keratosis (AK) or solar keratosis is considered the earliest stage in the development of skin cancer. Actinic keratosis is a precursor to a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. They are small, scaly spots most commonly found on the face, ears, neck, lower arms, and back of the hands.
Actinic keratosis is not life threatening as long as they are diagnosed and treated in the early stages. It can be treated by cryotherapy (freezing), topical chemotherapy (applying a cream or lotion), chemical peeling, curettage or photodynamic therapy.
It is important to report any suspicious skin lesions to your dermatologist and examine your skin on a monthly basis to identify potential problem spots. Routinely visit your dermatologist at Dermatology and Mohs Surgery Center for an examination.