Treatment of Actinic Keratosis - Precancer
Actinic Keratoses (AKs) are rough, scaly patches on the skin caused by excessive exposure to the sun. AKs can sometimes progress into dangerous skin cancers.
There are many treatment options for AKs. AK treatments can be divided into several broad categories: destructions, chemotherapy, and photodynamic therapy. Destructions are procedures designed to physically remove the AKs by cutting, scraping, chemical peels, lasering, cauterizing ("burning"), or freezing. One of the most common methods of AK destruction is cryotherapy, or freezing with liquid nitrogen. The intense cold of the liquid nitrogen instantly freezes the targeted skin cells so they die, scab, and peel off. Topical chemotherapy is drugs applied to the skin to remove AKs. Drugs used in this way include 5-fluorouracil cream (Carac,Fluoroplex,Efudex), diclofenac sodium gel (Solaraze), and imiquimod cream (Zyclara).
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