Intended for healthcare professionals

A primary care treatment pathway for actinic keratoses

Actinic keratoses (AK), also known as solar keratoses, are epidermal lesions with a dry, irregular, scaly surface, which are caused by excessive sun exposure. In the UK, the prevalence in the over-40s is around 21% and for those over 70, this increases to more than 50%. The number of cases identified is increasing, although this may in part be due to the public’s increased awareness of the need to have any unusual or changing lesions checked by their GP.
Dermatology in practice 2005; 13(4): 18–19
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