In Spain, 28.6% of the population over 45 years of age suffer from actinic keratosis

Actinic keratosis is a very common precancerous skin disease that is caused by overexposure to sunlight and artificial tanning, such as UV booths.

In recent years, it is a dermatological disease that has increased due to several factors such as the aging population, increased exposure to UV radiation, and changes in UV-seeking behaviour.

In Spain, 28.6% of the population, over 45 years of age, suffers from this type of disease, according to the pharmaceutical company Almirall.

It occurs mainly in areas that are very exposed to the sun, such as the face. If not treated, it is a disease that can become a squamous cell carcinoma. “Not all actinic keratoses evolve into cancer,” says Carlos Serra, a dermatologist at the Valencian Institute of Oncology, who also indicates that there is a 10% risk that it does end up evolving into cancer and that is why it is important to detect them and be able to treat them.

In order to prevent actinic keratosis, it is important to “avoid prolonged sun exposure”, reports Carlos Serra.

To raise awareness among the general population, dermatologists and patients about this pathology, the pharmaceutical company Almirall has promoted the first edition of the International Day of Actinic Keratosis together with Euromelanoma and the AEDV Fundación Piel Sana.