Actinic keratosis is a common skin condition. A dermatologist in London says that if it is not treated on time, the condition may lead to skin cancer. The doctor is associated with Clear Skin Clinic at Harley Street in Marylebone and possesses vast experience in handling such cases.
A large number of treatment options are available for this particular skin condition although the most appropriate option is selected based on different factors. These factors include:
If the right treatment is provided on time, the chances of the condition turning into skin cancer can easily be prevented.
In medical terminology the condition is also called solar keratosis. In simpler words it is a condition of severe damage to the skin caused by the sun. The damage is so severe that it can easily turn to skin cancer.
The symptoms include appearance of crusty, scaly patches or lesions on the body parts that are more exposed to the sun. The affected areas include scalp, face, lips, ears, forehead, shoulder, forearms, back of the palms and even the chest.
According to research, fair-skinned individuals above 40 years are at maximum risk of developing this condition. Usually multiple lesions appear on the body that initially look like tiny blemishes and feel like sandpaper because of their rough surface.
The lesions grow slowly but steadily; they may also disappear and reappear in course of time. Their size ranges between 1/8 and ¼ inches and the colour ranges from red to tan and pink to skin-toned. The lesions are itchy with burning sensation although in severe cases they are also known to bleed.
The majority of this range of lesions is precancerous. Only 10% of such cases turn to squamous cell carcinoma or a severe type of skin cancer. Technically, the more actinic keratosis lesions you develop the higher risk you have to develop skin cancer. 3 out of every 5 squamous cell carcinoma cases originate from untreated actinic keratosis, says our friendly private dermatologist in London.
When skin cancer is concerned, squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of the disease only after basal cell carcinoma. In 1 out of every 10 such cases, carcinoma or cancer spreads to the internal organs and proves to sometimes be life-threatening.
Alike other types of skin cancer, timely detection and diagnosis are crucial for successful treatment and complete cure from actinic keratosis. Not only a large number of effective treatment options are available but also most of them are fast, pain-free and involve zero downtime.
[It is important to note that cryotherapy and chemical peel are more effective when a patient develops multiple actinic keratosis lesions on the face. Both procedures have minimal chance of scarring.]
There are many reliable and reputed private clinics that offer actinic keratosis treatment in London. Remember that the key to complete recovery and avoiding skin cancer resulting from the condition depends on earlier diagnosis and timely treatment. Feel free to contact us today for more information.
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