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Think I have solar keratosis - what should I do?
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EleanorAnne posted:
At my yearly exam I asked my doctor to look at a spot on the top of my ear. She thinks it might be solar keratosis.

It's a hard, white, small area that I can't "pick" off.

I am unable to get into a dermatologist until June. What do I need to know or what should I do until I see the doctor if it is solar keratosis?

I'm concerned, thanks.
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EleanorAnne responded:
I wanted to follow-up to let you know what happened and to make sure others know to follow-up on any spots or areas that are unusual or out of the ordinary.

My doctor called and was able to get me an earlier appointment. I had the spot removed and the biopsy report came back Actinic Keratotis with unclear margins.

Tomorrow I return to have the area treated with liquid nitrogen.

This appeared quickly, I had not noticed it for months or years, just a few weeks. Please do not neglect a suspicious area.
 
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longduckdong46 replied to EleanorAnne's response:
I agree EleanorAnne the sooner you get it checked the better.

I have annual skin checks and generally the dermatoligist always finds one or two of these pre cancers and treats them on the spot.
I have read that most turn out benign however they can develop into a more serious form of skin cancer with time.

Speaking of wich I am almost due for another check and this time I know I have another spot that needs treated.
Sometimes it can be frustrating getting in to my dermatologist because it takes so long, and I believe that most of these type of practices are booming with business due to the awareness of skin cancer in general ?


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