Updated: Sep 15, 2020
Actinic keratosis (AK) results from long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and is the most common precancer that forms on the skin (Skin Cancer Foundation). Actinic keratosis is mostly found on areas that are frequently exposed to the sun. The signs and symptoms of an actinic keratosis include:
Rough, dry or scaly patch of skin, usually less than 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) in diameter
Flat to slightly raised patch or bump on the top layer of skin
In some cases, a hard, wartlike surface
Color as varied as pink, red or brown
Itching or burning in the affected area (Mayo Clinic)
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Mayo Clinic. (n.d.). Actinic Keratosis. Mayo Clinic. www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/actinic-keratosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354969#:~:text=Actinic%20keratoses%20are%20scaly%20spots,of%20exposure%20to%20the%20sun.
Skin Cancer Foundation. (May 2019). Actinic Keratosis Overview. Skin Cancer Foundation. httwww.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/actinic-keratosis/