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can age spots become cancerous? i have noticed what i think is my first age spot. should i be concerned that it could turn cancerous? .

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Dr. Chad Levitt
21 years experience Radiation Oncology
Have new ones checkd: Although changes in our skin are normal as we age, if u notice new changes that r concerning have them looked at by your regular doctor. Most benign skin changes are easy to identify by looking at them. Skin cancer identification is defined by the a, b, c's. A- area or size changes. B- borders that are irregular, c-color (multiple colors are concerning) there are some more features but these r basics.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
No not really: Age spots mean different things to different people. But most spots on the skin that appear as we grow older are benign. So they rarely become cancerous. But skin cancer is relatively common. If there is anything that is growing and causing you concern, it should be checked by a physician or by a skin specialist(dermatologist).
Answered on May 20, 2013
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