Actinic Keratosis - Diagnosis

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How is an actinic keratosis diagnosed?

Most of the time, doctors can diagnose an actinic keratosis just by examining it. If the AK is especially large or thick, a biopsy may be advisable to make sure that the spot in question is just a keratosis and has not become a skin cancer.

There are other spots, called seborrheic keratoses, that are not caused by sun exposure and have no relationship to skin cancers. These are raised brown lesions that may appear on any area of the skin. They also often run in families.

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Comment from: FunkyFrogg, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

In September I noticed a small triangle of skin on the bridge of my nose that was slightly pink and had a rough texture. I dismissed it as a scratch from my glasses and ignored it. After a month it was still there. I figured I had been continuing to aggravate it with how I took off my glasses, and tried to be more careful. A month later it was still there. So finally I made time to see my doctor in December, and was referred to a dermatologist. I saw her this morning (now January). She diagnosed it as actinic keratosis. She froze it with liquid nitrogen and I was good to go. The spot never really changed during that time except for flaking off a little skin twice. I have never been to a tanner but have very fair skin that burns easily. I am glad that I got it treated while it was still precancerous.

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