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Actinic keratosis treatment is available for La Mesa area residents

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by Dr. Christopher Crosby

La Mesa area patients with actinic keratoses need to work with a dedicated skin doctor to determine the best treatment plan. Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic and Skin Cancer Treatment Center’s team of professionalswork closely with patients to determine treatment for a variety of conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails.

Actinic keratosis explained

Many patients are interested in learning what an actinic keratosis is and how it should be treated. This condition develops generally from excessive sun exposure over time. Because it is damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, it is also called solar keratosis. These are lesions thattypically develop on sun-exposed areas, and may appear as dry, scaly thickened patches. In some cases, actinic keratosis can develop into a skin cancercalled squamous cell carcinoma.

Skin cancer

When skin cancer is a concern, the provider at Grossmont Dermatology may remove a portion of the actinic keratosis for a biopsy. This means it is sent to thelaboratory for evaluation. The evaluation is done to determine if there are any cancerous cells present.

Treatment of actinic keratosis

Treatment for actinic keratoses may vary from cryotherapy, photodynamic therapy/PDT, topical medications or physical removal of the lesion. Patients with actinic keratosis are advised to practice strict sun protection to avoid problems in the future.

Make an appointment with Grossmont Dermatology now

If you have concerns about actinic keratoses or skin cancer, you may want to be evaluated by a medical professional. Schedule an appointment with Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic and Skin Cancer Treatment Center. Our dermatologists are equipped with the latest technologies and techniques for a variety of skin concerns. The practice is conveniently located at 8860 Center Drive, Suite 300 and can be contacted at [phone].

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