Why Actinic Keratosis Needs To Be Diagnosed & Treated

– Up to 60% of Australians in subtropical Queensland over the age of 40 have Actinic Keratosis, which is a type of sunspot that needs PhotoDynamic therapy (PDT).

– Actinic keratoses are associated with an increased risk of developing skin cancers, particularly an invasive form of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Although the risk of developing this cancer is low (about 1 in 1000), the risk increases as the number of actinic keratoses rises.

– Actinic keratoses are more common in older people with fair skin, pale colored eyes, and red or blonde hair who burn easily and do not tan well.

– During the period 2010 to 2015 Actinic Keratosis is anticipated to increase by 17.8%.

– The total Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) benefits paid out for Actinic Keratosis in 2012 was $19.6 million and it is forecasted by Griffith University that this will increase to $24.7 million by 2015 (without inflation).

– Overall, the rate of AK in Australia is highest with a prevalence of around 50%.

– Solar keratoses are more common in those aged over 50 years. But, they may appear at a much earlier age in people who work outdoors (such as construction workers, farmers, etc.), or who do a lot of sunbathing or use sunbeds frequently.

– Solar keratoses are more common in people who have a suppressed immune system, such as people who have had organ transplants (because they take long-term anti-rejection medication), people who have had chemotherapy to treat cancer and people with HIV infection. However, even in such people, they do not occur without exposure of the skin to the sun.

– Molescreen PDT, based at their new facility in Paddington, offers the best solution to getting rid of Actinic Keratosis.

Do you know if you have Actinic Keratosis? Come in for an assessment from Brisbane’s most experienced skin doctors.

Call 07 3862 3144 for an appointment. 

Molescreen PDT is Brisbane’s Specialised Skin Cancer Clinic.

This poster includes statistics about the prevalence of Actinic Keratosis in Australia, risks associated with the condition, demographic information about who is more likely to develop it. Call Molescreen PDT, a skin cancer clinic in Brisbane for a skin check.

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