Haiken Dermatology
Dermatologist Acne Fort Myers FL


Scheduling a yearly skin examination with
may help you detect precancers before they become malignant:

  • Actinic keratosis is the most common precancer; it affects more than 58 million Americans.
  • Approximately 65 percent of all squamous cell carcinomas and 36 percent of all basal cell carcinomas arise in lesions that previously were diagnosed as actinic keratoses.
  • About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

  • More than 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the sun.
  • Contrary to popular belief, 80 percent of a person’s lifetime sun exposure is not acquired before age 18; only about 23 percent of lifetime exposure occurs by age 18.


Average Accumulated Exposure*


22.73 percent


46.53 percent


73.7 percent


100 percent

*Based on a 78 year lifespan


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