Every person wants to have skin that is free of blemishes and looks youthful and healthy. Unfortunately, there are several different skin problems that a person may deal with throughout their life that can negatively affect their appearance. Some of these things are easy to treat and only cause cosmetic issues. Other issues can be potentially life-threatening. Unfortunately, the number of individuals who experience skin cancer around the world is continually on the rise.
One of the most common forms of sun damage that can potentially lead to cancer is actinic keratosis. These are sometimes called solar keratosis. It is very common for these lesions to appear on the scalp, face, lips, as well as the hands. At first, a person may think that they are dealing with warts. However, they soon realize that they are not warts. They are crusty lesions that are growing because of exposure to UV rays.
In addition to the fact that actinic keratosis is scaly and crusty-looking, it can also sometimes be different colors. They can be the same color as the skin, or they may be pink or tan. These should not be simply viewed as a cosmetic issue. Instead, when a person is dealing with this type of skin blemish, they want to seek treatment from a medical professional. If these are not treated, they can develop into squamous cell carcinoma. This is a form of skin cancer. It is a very common form of skin cancer. It has been estimated that it is the second most common type. In very rare cases, actinic keratosis can turn into the most common form of skin cancer, which is known as basal cell carcinoma.
If you think that you are dealing with actinic keratosis, what should you do about it? First, you want to visit a medical professional. During a consultation at Laser Health Works, our team will perform different tests in order to find out if you are dealing with a type of skin cancer. Then they will recommend treatment.
One treatment that you will likely come across is MetVix. This is a topical treatment that is applied to the area where you are experiencing actinic keratosis. One of its main ingredients is methyl aminolevulinate. It is primarily used for actinic keratosis and can be used when an individual is dealing with basal cell carcinoma. Even though MetVix is a topical cream, it needs to be applied by a medical professional, and it is typically performed in combination with photodynamic therapy.
Individuals who have used this treatment are usually very happy with the results they get. Schedule a consultation at Laser Health Works in Barrie or Midland to learn more.