Actinic Keratoses- Skin Cancer But Not Skin Cancer

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A diagnosis of Actinic Keratosis is a Pre-cancerous form of Skin Cancer- Lower Your Risk of AK Becoming Skin Cancer with Evidence-based, Non-toxic Therapies

I’m a 58 year old (bald)  cancer survivor who has 6 of the risks listed below for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer. I had a mole (nevis) removed from my face a few years ago. The dermatologist said that the pathology of the mole (biopsy) was “undetermined.”

Actinic Keratosis Face

So when faint brown patches began to appear magically on my head I decided to learn more about skin cancer.  AK is classified as a skin disease at this point but they are patches of pre-skin cancer that are heading in the direction of skin cancer as far as I can tell. My head looks just like the photo to the left.

Further the more advanced AK gets the more noticeable it becomes. As the linked information below explains, there is a good chance my AK will progress and/or recur.

What the article about AK interventions doesn’t discuss are evidence-based but non-conventional forms of therapy. Botanicals that not only reduce your risk of full blown skin cancer but therapies that can actually heal the damage done by years of U.V. radiation aka sunlight.

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer at a Glance-

  • Risks– UV Exposure, HPV, Genetics, Skin Pigment, Immunosuppression, Radiation Therapy, Age, Previous Skin Cancer,
  • Symptoms– Itching, Bleeding, Shape (A,B,C,D,E).
  • Diagnosis– Visual inspection (A,B,C,D,E), Skin Biopsy (Shave, Punch, Incisional/Excisional)
  • Prognosis- Staging-
  • Therapy– Conventional, Non-Conventional, Integrative, Alternative

Do you have actinic keratosis. basel cell or squamous cell carcinoma? Scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Actinic keratosis

Prognosis-AKs follow one of three paths: they can either persist as AKs, regress, or progress to invasive skin cancer, as AK lesions are considered to be on the same continuum with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). AK lesions that regress also have the potential to recur.

  • Progression: The overall risk of an AK turning into invasive cancer is low. In average-risk individuals, likelihood of an AK lesion progressing to SCC is less than 1% per year.[71][72] Despite this low rate of progression, studies suggest that a full 60% of SCCs arise from pre-existing AKs, reinforcing the idea that these lesions are closely related.[71][72]
  • Regression: Reported regression rates for single AK lesions have ranged between 15–63% after one year.[73]
  • Recurrence: Recurrence rates after 1 year for single AK lesions that have regressed range between 15–53%.[73]

Interventions for actinic keratoses

“Actinic keratoses are a skin disease caused by long-term sun exposure. Damaged skin shows small, red, rough, scaly, flat spots called actinic keratoses or lesions, which feel like patches of dry skin…

Symptoms such as bleeding and pain can be associated with actinic keratoses. Moreover, actinic keratoses have the potential to develop into skin cancer if left untreated

The reasons for treatment may include cosmetic appearance, relief of symptoms, or prevention of skin cancer. Treatment can be directed either at individual lesions or to larger areas of the skin where several visible and less visible lesions occur (field-directed treatment)…”


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