How are actinic keratoses and squamous cell carcinoma related?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Actinic keratoses are a type of precancerous growth that has the potential to become squamous cell carcinoma. These growths, which are caused by excessive, chronic sun exposure, are pink, red, or brown patches of rough, scaly skin. Doctors may want to remove these growths to reduce the risk of them turning into cancer. They're usually removed through cryosurgery (using liquid nitrogen to freeze the cells) or through a topical cream that kills cancerous cells from the outside in. Talk to your doctor if you have any symptoms of actinic keratosis.

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