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How is a sunburn related to actinic keratosis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
People who tan or sunburn regularly may also be at risk for actinic keratosis. Actinic keratosis is a white, pink, or brown spot or patch on a part of your skin that is often not protected well enough from ultraviolet (UV) light. It may be described as rough or crusty in texture, and you will probably have more than one in the area. It may be small at first, but could grow in time. Actinic keratosis should be taken seriously since they may become cancerous.

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