ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 702.0

Actinic keratosis

Diagnosis Code 702.0

ICD-9: 702.0
Short Description: Actinic keratosis
Long Description: Actinic keratosis
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 702.0

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue
    • Other diseases of skin and subcutaneous tissue (700-709)
      • 702 Other dermatoses

Information for Patients

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The two most common types are basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer. They usually form on the head, face, neck, hands, and arms. Another type of skin cancer, melanoma, is more dangerous but less common.

Anyone can get skin cancer, but it is more common in people who

  • Spend a lot of time in the sun or have been sunburned
  • Have light-colored skin, hair and eyes
  • Have a family member with skin cancer
  • Are over age 50

You should have your doctor check any suspicious skin markings and any changes in the way your skin looks. Treatment is more likely to work well when cancer is found early. If not treated, some types of skin cancer cells can spread to other tissues and organs. Treatments include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy (PDT), and biologic therapy. PDT uses a drug and a type of laser light to kill cancer cells. Biologic therapy boosts your body's own ability to fight cancer.

NIH: National Cancer Institute

  • Actinic keratosis
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Skin lesion biopsy
  • Skin self-exam
  • Skin self-exam
  • Squamous cell skin cancer
  • What to Know about External Beam Radiation Therapy - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Cancer Institute)

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Sun Exposure

Also called: Sunburn

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are an invisible form of radiation. They can pass through your skin and damage your skin cells. Sunburns are a sign of skin damage. Suntans aren't healthy, either. They appear after the sun's rays have already killed some cells and damaged others. UV rays can cause skin damage during any season or at any temperature. They can also cause eye problems, wrinkles, skin spots, and skin cancer.

To protect yourself

  • Stay out of the sun when it is strongest (between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV ray protection
  • Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds

Check your skin regularly for changes in the size, shape, color, or feel of birthmarks, moles, and spots. Such changes are a sign of skin cancer.

Food and Drug Administration

  • Actinic keratosis
  • Polymorphic light eruption
  • Sun Safety: Save Your Skin! (Food and Drug Administration)
  • Sunburn

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