Khrom Dermatology & Aesthetics
2797 Ocean Pkwy.
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Aesthetics: 855-507-7282
General Dermatology: 718-751-0674

Identifying and treating precancerous actinic keratosis Brooklyn, NY

You may know that early detection is the key to successful skin cancer treatment. In some cases, potentially harmful skin growths can be identified and treated before they even become cancerous. These growths, called actinic keratoses, are caused by UV damage to skin, and about one in ten will evolve into skin cancer. Fortunately, an actinic keratosis can easily be removed with various treatments available at Khrom Dermatology in Brooklyn, NY.

Identifying precancerous growths

Actinic keratosis, sometimes referred to as solar keratosis, is a small, slow growing skin lesion. When it first develops, it may not be visible at all, but noticeable to the touch as a slightly raised rough spot. The more actinic keratoses a person has, the greater the risk that they will become cancerous.

Because these lesions appear quite minor, many people assume they are harmless. It is important to know the warning signs and see a dermatologist promptly if you think you may have an actinic keratosis.

  • Dry, scaly, or rough lesion, usually less than an inch in diameter
  • The spot may be slightly raised or flat, occasionally with a hard surface
  • The color can range from red to pink or brown, and sometimes flesh-colored
  • The affected area usually burns or itches
  • Actinic keratosis is usually found on the face, hands, or other areas with frequent sun exposure

Treatment

Although actinic keratoses do not always become cancerous, there is no way of telling which ones will. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that these growths be removed as preventive treatment. Additionally, people with a history of actinic keratoses should take extra sun protection precautions and undergo frequent cancer screenings.

The best treatment depends on the number and size of actinic keratoses, where on the body they are located, and other factors. They may be removed by surgical excision, laser surgery, skin resurfacing, chemical peeling, or other procedures. After an examination, your provider will discuss what options are available to you and devise a personalized treatment plan.

If you have suspicious lesions or skin growths of any kind, please don’t take chances. Call us at 718-751-0674 and schedule an appointment right away.

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Google Review by Maryana Romalis
Dr. Fiadorchanka is absolutely amazing! I have A LOT of birth marks and have been going to her for routine check ups and have had 2 procedures done, one to remove a lypoma and another to remove a birthmark that presented as abnormal. She, and the entire staff at Khrom dermatology, is very attentive and meticulous. Both procedures I had done were successful and healed quickly, easily, and left barely any marks. They have always made me feel very comfortable and at ease, explained the procedure in detail, and have done immaculate work. I am so grateful to Dr. Fiadorchanka and the staff at Khrom dermatology for their high quality of care.
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