Actinic keratoses are dysplastic lesions that occur on sun exposed skin and are most often the result of chronic sun exposure. Indeed the term solar keratosis is sometimes used (actinic being synonymous with sun induced). As with most sun induced conditions, they occur more commonly in the fair skinned and as they are dysplastic, more commonly in the immunosuppressed.
The prevalence of actinic keratoses in the UK and Ireland is about 20% in those aged over 60. Above this age, the number of actinic keratoses increases in direct proportion to age in men, but not in women according to studies listed in the latest guidelines. They are not always symptomatic and are occasionally noticed incidentally when patients present with other problems.
Once you complete this module - and achieve the minimum pass rate of 60% - you'll be awarded with a downloadable 1 hour CPD Certificate, which you can print or upload to your CPD Portfolio.
This module is composed of 10 assessment questions on the advanced treatment of actinic keratosis. On successful completion of this module, you will have an improved understanding of:
The pathological mechanisms of actinic keratoses
How to approach the management of actinic keratoses
The place of this diagnosis within the context of skin malignancies