Everything could look pretty and lively around you on a bright, sunny day- but dear friends- you never know when the naughty hands of skin cancer- specifically Actinic Keratosis plays her wild tricks on you.

The day looks bright and shiny, but drenching yourself in sunshine- may create a new home for one type of skin cancer named Actinic Keratosis.

Wondering what is the relation between the sun and actinic keratosis?

Well, they are so very connected that sometimes, Actinic Keratosis is also called Solar Keratosis.

An overview of Actinic Keratosis (AKs)

Commonly known as AK type of skin cancer. Most often, the medical world sees this as a stage of pre-cancer.

If the lesions at this stage are not treated, it develops into a highly complex, and critical form of skin cancer called Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC).

What is Actinic Keratosis?

  • These are small discolorations, bumps, swellings, and lesions that could appear in different parts of the body. Most often these are noticed to appear on the scalp, shoulders, the face, neck, and even forearms.
  • So, research noticed that mostly lesions or skin problems occurred in body portions where the sun rays or rather the heat of the sun hit them the most.
  • So, that led to the finding one of the main culprits that lead to this terror is the sun touch. On further research, it was found that most often- these lesions are hardly noticeable to the naked eye right in the beginning.
  • Even if people note a redness, discolored patch, rash or something that looks like a wart on the skin, they ignore it. That is what creates the problem.

Note for all: Never ignore an unusual bump or wart of red-colored skin lesion on any part of your body. It could be dangerous.

To know about its warning signs, how do you identify Aks, symptoms and various types of remedies, feel free to venture into our sections.

Statistics

Guess what? The latest statistical reports show that this form of skin cancer, though not famously known around the world- is one of the common types of pre-cancer. The shocking news that it affects the lives of more than 58 million Americans each year and yet many people are not even aware of it!

So many men and women brush off these lesions as scars or insect bites and that is when disease keeps growing and develops to create a solid foundation for the next phase of skin cancer called Squamous cell carcinoma. And SCC is the second most common type of skin cancer around the world with the most occurrences found in USA.

Another most common form of cancer is Melanoma and it is certainly good to get educated about it.