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Actinic keratosis is a skin lesion that is assumed to be precancerous. They can develop after years of unprotected sun exposure, and they might look relatively benign at first. Since it’s best to treat these lesions before they turn cancerous, patients should point out any abnormalities to their dermatologist.

When you watch this featured video, you’ll see a series of images that reveal the progression of actinic keratosis. Initially, the lesion looks like an area of rough, reddened skin. Over time, the area develops a firm scale that will eventually become light yellow.

Arlington Dermatology treats all types of carcinomas, as well as precancerous actinic keratosis. Call us at (847) 725-0824 to schedule a skin cancer screening or actinic keratosis treatment in Arlington Heights.