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Skin Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Treatment Options for Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis is not cancer but is treated because it may develop into cancer. Treatment of actinic keratosis may include the following:

  • Topical chemotherapy.
  • Topical biologic therapy with imiquimod.
  • Cryosurgery.
  • Electrodesiccation and curettage.
  • Dermabrasion.
  • Shave excision.
  • Photodynamic therapy.
  • Laser surgery.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with actinic keratosis. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

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Description of the Evidence

Background Incidence and mortality There are three main types of skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma (BCC). Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) (together with BCC referred to as nonmelanoma skincancer [NMSC]). Melanoma. BCC and SCC are the most common forms of skin cancer but have substantially better prognoses than the less common, generally more aggressive, melanoma. NMSC is the most commonly occurring cancer in the United States. Its incidence appears to...

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Last Updated: February 25, 2014
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