The Thousand and One Facets of Actinic Keratosis



Series: Dermatology – Laboratory and Clinical Research
BISAC: MED017000

In humans, actinic keratosis is the most frequent lesion of the skin initiating a cascade of tumors ending with the squamous cell carcinoma, actinic type. This health problem is increasing worldwide in incidence in the past decades. It is most prevalent in fair-skinned individuals who expose their skin to ultraviolet light from sunshine and artificial sources. The present book provides essential up-to-date information about this common condition. It is presented in a convenient and practical format.

This book explains new developments in the understanding of the skin cancer cascade initiated in the field photocarcinogenesis giving rise to actinic keratosis at the source of invasive actinic squamous cell carcinoma and its metastases. Quandaries about nosology, clinical diagnosis, histopathologic assessment, molecular biology advances and management are addressed. This book assembles important new scientific information on all aspects about the skin cancer cascade induced by the environment. It covers the clinical features and epidemiology to support prevention and therapy. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential in the populations at risk. This actinic keratosis survey will be an invaluable reference for all clinical dermatologists and any other physicians and researchers interested in skin cancerology covering the spectrum of chronically sun-exposed skin.

The thousand and one facets of actinic keratosis was written to fit the clinical needs of very busy dermatologists, oncologists, skin investigators, pharmacologists, physician assistants and any practitioner caring for patients particularly exposed to a sunny environment. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acronyms and Abbreviations

Part I: General Considerations

Chapter 1. Photoaging

Chapter 2. Bioengineering and other Diagnostic Tools

Chapter 3. Photodamaged Skin

Chapter 4. The Squamous Cell Carcinoma Cascade

Part II: Clinico-Pathologic Features of Actinic Keratosis

Chapter 5. Clinical Presentation

Chapter 6. In the Shadow of Histopathologic Definition

Chapter 7. Differential Diagnosis

Part III: Management

Chapter 8. General Considerations about Management

Chapter 9. Actinic Keratosis Prevention and Skylight Shielding

Chapter 10. Pharmacotherapy

Chapter 11. Nonsurgical Chemo-Physical Destruction

Chapter 12. Surgical Management

Chapter 13. Cost-Effectiveness of Treatments

Part IV: The Future

Chapter 14. Spotlights on Perspectives



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