Actinic Keratosis

About the Study

Actinic Keratoses (AKs) are dry, scaly, rough-textured patches that form on the outermost layer of the skin after years of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, such as sunlight. These lesions typically range in color from skin-toned to reddish brown and in size from that of a pinhead to larger than a quarter. They are most commonly found on your face, lips, and ears, back of hands, forearms, scalp or neck.

AKs are considered the earliest stage in the development of skin cancer and have the potential to progress to squamous cell carcinoma. Years of sun exposure cause AKs to develop.

There are several treatment options for AKs, including cryosurgery (freezing), surgical excision, curettage (scraping) with or without electrosurgery (heat generated by an electric current) and topical (applied to the skin) medications. Lasers, chemical peels, dermabrasion, and photodynamic therapy may also be used.

Right now, dermatologists at Oregon Medical Research Center are accepting participants for a new clinical research study. The study is for an investigational topical ointment.

Why Participate?

If you are 18 or older and have actinic keratoses on your face or bald scalp, you may qualify for a new clinical research study. By joining the study you will receive:

  • Evaluations of your actinic keratoses by our dermatologists
  • Study-related care and medication at no cost (you do not need insurance to participate).
  • Compensation for time and travel to attend study visits

Frequent Questions

What is the purpose of a clinical study?

Clinical studies (also called clinical trials) are used to learn about the safety and the effectiveness of possible new medications. Although there are many types of clinical trials, all must conform to strict rules set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These rules help protect the rights and the safety of those who volunteer to take part in clinical trials.

Will I have to pay for anything if I participate?

If you qualify and choose to participate, you will receive study-related care (such as study medications or any visit to your study doctor’s office) at no cost to you. You will also be compensated for your time and travel to attend study visits.

How long does the study last?

If you join the study, your participation will last about 4 months and require up to 7 scheduled visits to our office near Washington Square, at the Greenburg Road exit, just off Highway 217. These visits are an important part of the study, as they allow your study doctor to closely monitor your progress.

Does this study have a placebo?

Most clinical studies have a control group who do not receive medication for the study, or a set time during the study. This study does not have a placebo. All participants will receive the investigational medication.

What if I join the study and decide I do not want to participate anymore?

As will all clinical studies, your participation is completely voluntary and you may choose to leave the study at any time.

I’m interested in hearing more. What is the next step?

To learn more about the study, give us a call at 503-245-1525, Monday through Thursday, during normal business hours, or Sign Up Today and we will give you a call to provide additional information.