Things To Know About Precancerous Skin Growths 


Has your dermatologist recently told you that you have precancerous skin growth? If yes, it means that your skin is badly damaged by indoor tanning or by the sun. The good news is that you can still do something about the damage to protect your skin. The things shared by experts in free women’s health clinics and low income medical clinics can help you know more about precancerous skin growths, which can be referred to as solar keratosis or actinic keratoses by your dermatologist. 


Treatment Can Stop The Progression Of Precancerous Skin Growth To Cancer 

Some types of precancerous skin growths develop into a type of skin cancer. Your doctor or dermatologist does not have ways to know which precancerous skin growths can develop into skin cancer. Therefore, it is essential to get rid of actinic keratoses to avoid them from progressing to skin cancer. You can visit a low income medical clinic in your locality to know if you have any precancerous growths. 


Treatment Can Help Get Rid Of Symptoms Like Tenderness And Itching 

Some actinic keratoses can feel tender and some of them can also itch and bleed. When you get proper treatment for actinic keratoses and get rid of them, you also get rid of the symptoms. 


Sun Protection Can Offer Great Benefits 

It is always helpful to protect your skin from the sun if you have precancerous skin growth. Never think that there is no point in protecting your skin from the sun, as the damage is already done. Apart from offering your body a chance to repair the skin, sun protection can also help prevent further damage to your skin. 


Skin Cancer Exams Lifelong Can Be Helpful 

Having a single precancerous growth can mean that indoor tanning or the sun has damaged your skin badly. This also means that you have an increased chance of developing skin cancer. Therefore, you need to get your skin examined by a dermatologist as it can help find precancerous growths at an early stage when they are very much treatable. Your dermatologist will be able to let you know how often you should get your skin examined by a professional. 


Some People Might Need Repeat Treatments 

Most people will need a one-time treatment for precancerous growth. However, some people will need multiple treatments. Actinic keratoses can be both visible and hidden and more than one type of treatment might be recommended by your dermatologist to get rid of them. 

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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