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Diagnosing actinic keratoses

Diagnosing actinic keratoses



Time to Complete

1 hour


April 30, 2015


April 30, 2015

Programme Description

This article by Dr Nigel Stollery provides an overview of the diagnosis of actinic keratoses. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include understanding when a biopsy is useful, differential diagnoses such as Bowen's disease, when AK is at risk of malignant change, and treatment options.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Take a thorough history of a patient who you suspect may have actinic keratosis
  • Describe the appearance of different types of actinic keratoses
  • Understand when a biopsy may be needed
  • Authors

    Activity author
    Dr Nigel Stollery
    Kibworth, Leicestershire
    Test author
    Pat Anderson
    MIMS Learning


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1 learning credit (1 hour learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


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    • A computer with an internet connection
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
    • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required