Kate L. Iwamoto, M.D., is a pediatrician with Mercy Family Care Physicians in Downtown Baltimore.
Mercy's team of cancer doctors diagnose and treat melanoma, a very serious form of skin cancer.
Mercy Medical Center is home to The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease, offering dedicated specialists and advanced treatment options.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
Mercy Medical Center's skilled dermatologists provide diagnosis and treatment of actinic keratosis (also called solar keratosis), a skin condition caused by repeated exposure to UV rays or indoor tanning.
Actinic keratosis is a skin lesion that tends to occur on the face and the back of the hands or other areas of the body that become damaged due to exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun or indoor tanning. It is also known in the plural form as “keratoses” because patients with the condition typically have more than one lesion.
Actinic keratosis is considered precancerous because if left alone it may develop into skin cancer.
Actinic keratosis can be prevented with proper use of sunscreen and protective clothing while exposed to the sun.
Actinic keratosis develops after several years and repeated sun exposure or indoor tanning. There are typically no symptoms other than a rough, scaly patch of skin that eventually appears. The patch may be itchy and also may disappear and reappear again.
Skin conditions including actinic keratosis can be diagnosed during an exam with a dermatologist. Actinic keratosis may vary in look so it is important to see a dermatologist anytime you have a skin change. If there is ever question about a new lesion a skin biopsy can be performed to confirm a diagnosis.
Actinic keratosis can develop into skin cancer so it is typically removed.
Various treatment options for actinic keratosis include:
Dermatology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, offers patients complete and thorough care for a variety of skin conditions. Our highly trained dermatologists utilize advanced techniques to treat skin cancers, including melanoma. Our doctors also provide patients care for common skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Dr. Douglas Buethe is a Board Certified dermatologist providing general dermatologic care for patients with conditions of the skin, scalp and hair.