Actinic Keratoses are common dry, scaly skin lesions often attributed to excess sun exposure, sometimes years ago. Most of the time the treatment is reassurance and watchful waiting. However, a recent Japanese study showed that the incidence of both squamous cell and basal cell cancer is much higher than previously thought with AK’s. They should be burned or frozen more often, based on this new information.
See Family Practice News, June 15, 2008