Information for partners / family members

  • your key role in providing support
  • providing encouragement to seek medical help
  • supporting your partner/family to use their treatment effectively

If your partner or family member has solar keratosis, you have an important role in providing them with support.

Anyone with an area of rough skin that may be a solar keratosis, should make an appointment to see their doctor to check it out. It is particularly important where a solar keratosis starts to grow into a lump, becomes itchy or tender, or bleeds, because these changes could indicate the development of a skin cancer3.

There are several different types of treatments for solar keratosis. Helping your partner or family member to follow their treatment appropriately is important, because this reduces the risk of developing skin cancer.

It is also a good idea to encourage them to check their skin regularly and protect their skin from the sun after treatment, to reduce the risk of the problem recurring.