Actinic keratosis is a skin lesion that can progress to squamous cell carcinoma but cannot always be clinically distinguished from a squamous cell carcinoma.
The purpose of this article is to describe the clinical presentation of actinic keratoses and squamous cell carcinoma.
The author’s clinical experience and a review of the literature were used to describe actinic keratoses and squamous cell carcinoma.
There is a continuum and a progression from actinic keratoses to squamous cell carcinoma so that there is no way to reliably distinguish between the two diagnoses.
Because it can be impossible to distinguish between an actinic keratosis and squamous cell carcinoma, treatment of actinic keratoses should be aggressive to stop the progression to squamous cell carcinoma.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.