Solar keratosis: potential to become squamous cell cancer

Solar Keratosis is also known as Actinic Keratosis and is a common condition that many older people have. I myself have had it. It is simply sun damage that is caused by accumulative overexposure to the sun over a person's lifetime.

Symptoms of solar keratosis

Symptoms are dry, scaly patches of skin which may be the same color as your skin, pinkish, white or brown and pigmented. In my case they were flat and level with the surface of my skin, but back in 1990 it appeared as a small bump and progressed inward and cancerous.

Solar Keratosis / Actinic Keratosis

Solar keratoses commonly forms in groups in the same area and appears on skin that has been most exposed to the Ultraviolet Rays of the sun. These areas are usually the face, scalp, backs of hands, arms and ......... .

Those people who are at high Risk of Skin Cancer, such as a light complexion are most vulnerable.

Treatment for Solar Keratosis

My treatment for the patches of solar keratoses on my face was quick, easy and effective as described on another page about Actinic Keratosis.

It consisted of freezing it with liquid nitrogen and within a few days it was gone. This was called Cryosurgery. Other treatments include a simple removal by scraping called Curettage, laser treatment or drugs in the form of a topical cream.

Two common drug creams used are Fluorouracil and another one using a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory or NSAID which would be the best choice for a large area of skin.

Be aware of what is going on with your skin and do not hesitate to see a dermatologist or other qualified health professional. It's never a bad idea to see both.

You should begin, if you haven't already, to follow a healthy lifestyle such as the Macrobiotic Diet I followed or a more generalized diet of Foods to Prevent Cancer.

I've had it in two places on my face. In one place you could not see it unless you really looked close, as it was the same color as my skin. In another spot it appeared as a very faint brown spot. Both areas could be felt when rubbing the area. They were patches of dry, scaly skin which is a characteristic of solar keratosis.

Solar keratoses is a precancerous lesion and it is very slow growing. More often than not it disappears on its own and presents no danger.

However everyone needs to be aware of this precancerous lesion, how to recognize it and understand there is a risk in leaving it unattended.

You never know if it will develop into Squamous Cell Carcinoma or it will disappear.

Therein lies the risk and that is what happened with me. My squamous cell cancer grew inward from one side of my neck to the other side effecting my tonsils and developed to a stage 4. It was no longer able to be easily treated.

This does not happen in most cases and you just don't know when it will or not. If I would have had the knowledge I have today about skin cancer, it's Causes and Treatments in both Alternative Approaches and mainstream medicine, I could have avoided some of the invasive medical treatments which later bring on more health complications.

Links related to Solar Keratosis:
Skin Cancer Awareness
Stages of Skin Cancer
Actinic Keratosis
Mole Cancers
Cancerous Moles
Home Remedy Mole Removal
Eggplant Extract - Natural Skin Cancer Cream

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Updated July 1, 2015


Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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Our Cancer Stories are so similar, mine and Gary's! - by Valerie  

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Bottom Line
The Weather Channel has done well posting this information and photos to help you spot skin cancer, including melanoma.
It can be hard to spot, even for a professional.
The bottom line is to get an expert's opinion about any suspicious mole or lesion on your skin. If necessary, get a second opinion  and/or request a biopsy. it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t put your very life at risk!