Encyclopedia of Radiation Oncology

2013 Edition
| Editors: Luther W. Brady, Theodore E. Yaeger

Actinic Keratosis

  • Brandon J. FisherEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-85516-3_276



Actinic keratosis, also known as solar keratosis and senile keratosis, usually presents as hyperkeratotic projections from the skin in sun-exposed areas. They may begin as thick, scaly, or crusty dry bumps on the skin and are a result of solar damage. These lesions have the potential for malignant transformation to SCCs in about 1% of cases. They should be treated with excision, cryotherapy, dermabrasion, topical chemotherapy, and/or laser resurfacing.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyCollege of Medicine, Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA