How to Avoid Skin Cancer

One skin response to excess sun, actinic keratosis, is an indicator of trouble to come, so we shall discuss it briefly before going on to list the practical steps to avoid skin cancer, as provided by,

Actinic keratosis

Actinic keratosis (sometimes called solar keratosis) documents the total exposure to solar radiation over the years. Thus, the number and size of these lesions give some indication of the risk for the non-melanoma types of skin cancer – BCC and SCC.

Actinic keratosis lesions are irregular, ill-defined, pale-brown or flesh-coloured patches; sometimes they are scaly, or quite dark in colour. Less than one in 1,000 will convert into SCC within a year. Although this risk seems small, remember that there may be dozens of such foci on one person. Therefore, once they’ve been diagnosed, they should be removed.

The best way to remove actinic keratosis is using intense freezing (cryotherapy)

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