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What lies beneath? Your sun-damaged skin could reveal more For every lesion you see, there could be up to ten additional lesions underneath the skin that are not visible. 1

What are Actinic Keratoses (AK) lesions? • Actinic Keratoses lesions are rough, scaly spots with a skin-coloured, reddish or reddish-brown appearance 2,3,4,5 • 1-3 mm to several cm in size 2,3,5 • Rough surface, often easier to feel than to see 3,5 • AK present in sun-damaged skin 2,3,4,5,6

AK’s have the potential to turn into skin cancer so treatment is necessary. 7,8 Treatment options are available that can be used in the convenience of your home.

Ask your doctor for the topical cream that treats visible lesions and those under the skin. For more information visit www.beskinsmart.co.za

References: 1. Phillips, D. Skin cancer in general practice: know the risk factors. Available from http://www.parkhurstexchange.com/columns?category=dermatology. Practice guidelines & special reports. Accessed 2 March 2016. 2. American cancer society. What are Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancers? 2016. Availble at URL: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/basal-andsquamous-cell-skin-cancer/ about/what-is-basal-and-squamous-cell.html Accessed 15 September 2017. 3. Spencer JM, James WD, Jordan L. Actinic Keratosis. 2017. Available at URL: http:// emedicine.medscape. com/ article/1099775-overview Accessed 15 September 2017. 4. Page EH. Overview of Sunlight and Skin Damage. Merck Manual Consumer Version. Available at URL: http://www. merckmanauls.com/ home/skin-disorders/sunlight-and-skin-damage/overview-of-sunlight-and-skin-damage Accessed 15 September 2017. 5. Harding M. Actinic Keratosis. 2016. Available at URL: https://patient.info/ pdf/4653.pdf Accessed 17 September 2017. 6. 6FKPLWW$5%RUGHDX[-66RODUNHUDWRVHV3KRWRG\QDPLFWKHUDS\F\RWKHUDS\Ë&#x160;RXURXUDFLOLPLTXLPRG diclofenac, or what? Facts and controversies. Clinics Dermatol. 2013;31:712-717. 7. McIntyre WJ, Downs MR, Bedwell SA. Treatment Options for Actinic Keratoses. Am Fam Physician. 2007;76:667-771. 8. Uhlenhake EE. Optimal treatment of actinic keratoses. Clin Interven Aging. 2013;8:29-35 $SSOLFDQW0('$3KDUPD6RXWK$IULFD 37< /WG&R5HJ%XLOGLQJ*UHHQVWRQH+LOO2IË&#x2030;FH3DUN(PHUDOG%RXOHYDUG0RGGHUIRQWHLQ7HO   )D[  (PDLOLQIR#PHGDSKDUPDFR]D0'HF

Pharmacy at SPAR Sunningdale ywc issue 15  

Your Essential Guide to Healthy Living...

Pharmacy at SPAR Sunningdale ywc issue 15  

Your Essential Guide to Healthy Living...