This edition: Actinic Keratosis: The Link between Chronic Sun Damage and Skin Cancer
Wear sunscreen! We've all heard that warning. But for many of us it goes in one ear and out the other. But we might pay more attention if we thought by going out in the sun unprotected we might actually lose our ears...or our noses. In this program we take a look at an extremely common skin condition, actinic keratosis -AK- and see how some cases can result in an invasive form of cancer. We'll meet a patient, a former pro football player who had to have half of his nose removed because the cumulative sun exposure resulted in AK that eventually became squamous cell carcinoma. It doesn't have to happen though. There are many effective treatments for AK that can slow the progression of disease, and return the skin to a healthy state.