ESCF develops and coordinates new S3-Guidelines for the treatment of actinic keratoses

The European Forum for Dermatology (EDF) has commissioned the development of new guidelines for the treatment of actinic keratoses. Immediately, the European Skin Cancer Foundation (ESCF) will start their coordination.  The ESCF will disseminate the new knowledge, organize workshops and will also monitor the application of the new so called S3-guidelines for actinic keratoses.


Actinic keratoses are the early form of non melanoma skin cancer: small skin coloured or reddish rough parts of the skin changes to shed like nodules. Over years they arise on the so called sun terraces of the skin due to strong UV-light exposition. Actinic keratoses are the first appearance of a squamous cell carcinoma (non melanoma skin cancer); about 10 percent of them become an invasive squamous cell carcinoma. This means an increasing risk of metastasis.