Dermatology Community
53.7k Members
Avatar universal

Squamous vs Actinic Keratosis

I had a patch of discolored, scaling skin on my lower lip.  That area seemed slightly inflamed and sensitive.  The doctor thought it was actinic keratosis and prescribed 2-4 weeks using Carac cream.  After reading about Squamous Cell Cancer, I am worried that I may have that, and it was missed because my doctor did not do a biopsy.  I am finishing my third week of Carac and it turned out about 85% of my bottom lip was affected and I have had crusting, bleeding in response to the cream.  The original problem area is the worst, with bleeding still.  

Question:  If I did in fact have squamous cell cancer on that patch, what will happen since I did the Carac cream?  Attached is photo showing affect of cream on lower lip  
1 Responses
563773 tn?1374250139
From the symptoms it looks like actinic cheilitis. It is a form of cheilitis which is the counterpart of actinic keratosis of the skin and can develop into squamous cell carcinoma. Without biopsy, it is very difficult to confirm a diagnosis and hence I suggest you to get a biopsy skin done.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

Have an Answer?
Top Dermatology Answerers
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Learn to identify and prevent bites from summer’s most common pests.
Doctors argue for legislation to curb this dangerous teen trend in the latest Missouri Medicine report.
10 ways to keep your skin healthy all winter long
How to get rid of lumpy fat on your arms, hips, thighs and bottom
Diet “do’s” and “don’ts” for healthy, radiant skin.
Images of rashes caused by common skin conditions