When Should Actinic Keratosis Be Removed?

Eczema with redness swellings bumps and flakes on the hand and fingers of a manSkin cancer is becoming a serious problem as patients are failing to protect their skin from the sun’s dangerous UV rays. While it’s important to get sunlight each day to maintain higher Vitamin D levels, the skin is still susceptible to damage. Dr. Stanley Skopit and his team at Dania Dermatology helps Dania, FL area patients learn about the many ways to improve the skin’s appearance and health. When problems such as actinic keratosis arise, it is vital that patients have a full understanding of this condition and what can be done to address these pre-cancerous lesions before they become a serious problem.

What is actinic keratosis?

Actinic keratosis is a skin condition that is caused by long-term exposure to the sun’s UV rays. It is a type of pre-cancerous lesion that can develop into skin cancer if left untreated. Symptoms of actinic keratosis include red, scaly patches on the skin, as well as itchiness and burning sensations. Treatment for actinic keratosis typically involves topical or oral medications, or surgery. Early diagnosis and treatment is key in preventing the development of skin cancer.

When should actinic keratosis be removed?

There is no one definitive answer to this question. Some doctors may recommend removal for aesthetic reasons, while others may only suggest removal if the lesions are causing symptoms or if they have the potential to become cancerous. Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to remove an actinic keratosis lesion depends on a variety of individual factors. These factors are discussed with the patient during an evaluation with Dr. Stanley Skopit and his team at Dania Dermatology.

How do I learn more about actinic keratosis and treatment options?

To discuss this and other skincare concerns with a professional, it’s time to connect with the team at Dania Dermatology. Dr. Stanley Skopit and his team are available to help Dania, FL area patients with their medical dermatology needs. Call (954) 807-9433 to request an appointment and visit the practice at 154 South Compass Way. Dr. Stanley Skopit of Dania Dermatology is open to new and returning patients in the community and surrounding cities.

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