Glossary Term:

Title

actinic keratosis

Phonetic

ak<b>-tin-</b>ick<b> kair-</b>uh<b>-TOE-</b>sis

Description

also called solar keratosis; the plural is keratoses (kair-uh-TOE-seez). A rough raised area of skin that can develop after years of sun exposure. They are benign (not cancer), but over time a few will develop into squamous cell cancer (a type of skin cancer). Doctors can remove them with cold, lasers, chemicals, or creams. See also squamous cell carcinoma.