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Actinic keratosis: Do the numbers add up?

Stanger, Carolyn B. APRN-BC, MSN

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000345274.66783.a0

Actinic keratosis is a precancerous skin growth found on sun-exposed areas such as the face, scalp, forearms, and hands. It is caused by chronic UV light irradiation of the skin and is generally recognizable on physical exam.

Carolyn B. Stanger is a dermatology nurse practitioner in the Department of Dermatology at the Boston Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, Boston, Mass. The author wishes to thank James Ida, MD and Molly Collier, NP for their review of the article.

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