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How can scaly patches on a man's scalp be a sign of actinic keratosis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Scaly pink bumps on the scalp may be a sign of actinic keratosis. Older people who have spent a lot of time in the sun without proper skin protection are most likely to develop these small, rough patches of skin, which may itch or burn. Any part of the body that's frequently exposed to the sun can develop actinic keratosis, including the face, neck, ears, forearms, and backs of the hands. Doctors suspect that actinic keratosis may be an early sign of skin cancer, so get any suspicious sores checked out.

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