Actinic Keratosis

This resource, composed of 10 clinical cases, assesses your knowledge of the advanced treatment of actinic keratosis. On successful completion of this resource, you'll be provided with one hour of CPD.


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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.

Aims and Objectives

On completion of this resource, you should have an improved understanding of:

  • The pathological mechanisms of actinic keratoses
  • How to approach the management of actinic keratoses
  • Treatment modalities
  • The place of this diagnosis within the context of skin malignancies