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actinic keratosis diagnosis

The dermatologists at  diagnose an actinic keratosis (AK) by visually examining the skin during a skin check. If your dermatologist finds a growth that is thick or looks like skin cancer during the exam, your dermatologist will likely perform a skin biopsy. Your dermatologist can perform a skin biopsy during an office visit to confirm the diagnosis.