Actinic keratosis

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What is actinic keratosis?

Actinic Keratosis (AK) are skin lesions resulting from overgrowth of atypical skin cells. They frequently appear as scaly reddened bumps on sun-exposed skin. AKs are precursors to squamous cell carcinoma and may progress to cancer although it is not common. Treatment is usually cryotherapy.

Common symptoms reported by people with actinic keratosis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with actinic keratosis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Aldara)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
actinic keratosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Blue light therapy)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
actinic keratosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with actinic keratosis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with actinic keratosis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Aldara)
Perceived effectiveness
for actinic keratosis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
actinic keratosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Blue light therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for actinic keratosis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
skin peeling
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
actinic keratosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with actinic keratosis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has actinic keratosis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 1
30s 0
40s 1
50s 4
60s 5
70+ 4
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 1
30-39 years 0
40-49 years 4
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 2
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 8
Female 7

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 10
Not Diagnosed 0

These charts show data from actinic keratosis patients who have completed their condition history
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