Actinic Keratoses (Aks) Are Pre-Cancerous Article Review

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Recurring AKs may also require a treatment originally used for serious wart infections, Imiquimod (Aldera). This treatment often causes increased inflammation, and patients should be educated about reasonable expectations prior to the Rx.

Cryotherapy or cauterization may be used to treat isolated cases of AK. These therapies may be initial painful for a few days and may result in some scaring, but are a quicker treatment with fewer side effects appropriate for patients who do not wish to wait 2-3 months for relief.

Photodynamic therapy can be used with hyper-resistant AKs. This treatment works at a cellular level to create a cytotoxic effect on both cancerous and pre-cancerous cells.

Use in Practice:

The article under review would be excellent within a NP clinic or practice. It is valuable because it provides a logical and cogent treatment protocol for AK. As an outline for treatment, these various protocols give both a starting point, reasonable expectations, and an access point for educating clients on AK. In addition, the information is presented in a clear manner, outlined for easy access, appropriate visuals, and for further reading and/or reference, a well-researched list of alternative sources.


This article would be appropriate for the nurse, nurse practitioner, physician or anyone involved in the clinical environment in which AK might be prevalent; particularly in areas with high penetration of UV rays, or a population (farmers, construction workers, etc.) who spend a large amount of time in the sun.


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