Solar Actinic Keratosis

solar actinic keratosis
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This French video,, runs 3:39. Can someone please provide me an English transcript? Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.

A recent survey has demonstrated that Canadians don’t associate some lesions to skin cancer. In fact, while more than half of them are worried of getting skin cancer, the large majority, that is 86%, has been unable to visually identify a pre-cancerous actinic keratosis lesion. Dr Joël Claveau, dermatologist, explains us the importance of early screening and treatment of this common skin infection.

- Actinic keratosis, also named solar keratosis, is a usually unknown lesion, but it is important to recognize it since it’s a precursor of spino-cellular and it’s a sign of exposition to sun. Skin cancer screening is an increasingly important phenomenon. It is a problem that we, dermatologists, encounter every day in our offices, no matter the time of the year. Of course we tend to hear more abour skin cancer screenings when summer arrives or when we hold a prevention campaign, but it is important to be aware of that problem all year long, especially those who go to southern destinations during winter, or, for example, people who spend six months in Florida.

Actinic keratosis lesions usually develop on the body parts that are the most exposed to the sun, such as baldness areas, forehead, face, ears, neck and hands. The lesions can be 3D, scaly or rough, and look like red stains, crusts or wounds. They usually show up on people older than 40 years old who have light skin, hair and eyes, or on people who have a history of bad sunburns or exposure to artificial UV radiation, for example, in tanning salons or under tanning lamps.

- It’s been years since dermatologists encourage people to examine themselves, to do a self-exam of their skin. So, a few times a year, it’s good to examine yourself, to search for signs of carcinomas or melanomas. Then, when you have a suspect lesion, it is important to talk to your doctor or to a dermatologist. 75% of skin cancers are initially discovered by patients or their spouse. Different treatments available for actinic keratosis are liquid nitrogen for local lesions, chemotherapy creams, thepary with light and treatment to stimulate the immune system with a new formula of imiquimod.

Zyclara is a new topical cream available with prescription approved by Health Canada for treatment of adults with multiple actinic keratosis lesions on the face or baldness areas.

- Zyclara is a new imiquimod formula and its goal is to stimulate the immune system to get rid of the pre-cancerous lesions. The advantage of this treatment is that it can treat apparent lesions and non-apparent, under-the-skin lesions. Advantages of treating solar keratosis with a cream is that it allows the patient to treat himself at home, A new imiquimod formula allows a shorter, well-tolerated treatment.

Dr Claveau adds that early screening and treatment of the actinic keratosis are the key to avoid its evolution into skin cancer. Canadians should keep an eye on their skin all year long. For more information about actinic keratosis and skin cancers with benign melanomas risks, contact your doctor.

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