Solar keratoses are red, thickened skin lesions occurring on chronically sun-exposed skin. They carry a low risk of progression to invasive squamous cell carcinoma which is the second most common type of skin cancer.
They are usually found in fair skinned middle aged to elderly people on regularly sun-exposed areas (face, ears, neck, upper chest, scalp, hands and forearms).
Treatment includes cryotherapy (freezing), a variety of topical creams, curettage, photodynamic therapy, laser and occasionally surgical excision.
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