Solar keratosis, also known as actinic keratosis or "sun spots", is a common skin condition caused by exposure to the sun. Typically small in size (usually smaller than a pencil eraser), a solar keratosis lesion is often red with a scaly or crusty layer. It usually develops many years after the exposure, and if untreated, a small percentage can go on to become skin cancer.
If detected early enough, it is usually easily treated without the need for surgery.

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ActinicKeratosesNet
Overview and treatment guidelines, with guidance on when to see a physician. From the American Academy of Dermatology.
eMedicine: Actinic Keratosis
Describes the risk factors, appearance, pathology, treatments, and possible outcomes. Includes photographs of treated and untreated lesions.
Solar Keratoses
Provides clinical images and in-depth treatment and prevention information.
Solar Keratosis
Patient fact sheet explains causes, appearance, diagnosis, risks, and treatment.
Solar Keratosis (Actinic Keratosis)
Clinical pictures on a variety of skin types and body locations. Also includes treatment and self-care information from dermatologists.
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