In areas of skin that have accumulated sun exposure over the years, red rough areas with a sandpaper-y texture called actinic keratoses can develop.
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In areas of skin that have accumulated sun exposure over the years, red rough areas with a sandpaper-y texture called actinic keratoses can develop. If untreated, these can develop into Squamous Cell Cancer.
The thin skin of the lips is vulnerable to sun damage and can develop pre-cancerous changes called actinic chelitis. This can be mistaken for chapped lips since the affected area will have rough texture.
Early detection is key because this can be treated with a cream if not yet developed into Squamous Cell Cancer.
Anywhere on the body, atypical pigmented lesions can evolve. These may have uneven pigmentation, blurry borders, asymmetric shape, unusual or very dark color, or may simply be new or changing.
Atypical, or dysplastic, nevi can evolve into Melanoma.
In most cases of actinic keratosis, Dr. Sherber prefers to use new topical treatments that target the abnormal cells. These creams work by selectively killing pre-cancerous skin cells while leaving healthy cells untouched.
The newest versions involve only a few days of redness in the treated area.
For dysplastic nevi, Dr. Sherber recommends plastic surgical excision with a safety margin to ensure complete removal.
Once pre-cancers have been diagnosed, ongoing Broad Spectrum Sun Protection and regular total body skin examinations are of primary importance.