after i spent some time at the beach during vacation, i got sun spots on my foot and lips, should i check them out?
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Family Medicine 26 years experience
Yes, as a rule.: Great question! - yes, any new "spots" on sun exposed - or even non sun-exposed skin should definitely be screened for skin cancer -with a dermatologist - and may even need to be biopsied.
-> even more important if you have a family history or personal history of melanoma. Good luck!
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Dermatology 37 years experience
Check new spots: If one follows the golden rules, than it might improve the diagnosis of skin cancers so any new lesion that doesn't go away in a few weeks should be checked by a board-certified dermatologist. Pre-existing lesions should be checked if there is a new color, shape, border, if it becomes asymmetric, or grows, or itches for a few weeks or bleeds.
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Dermatology 25 years experience
Yes: Sometime benign pigmented spots called labial macules can appear after sun but sometimes these can be a sign of a more worrisome condition that can sometimes be cancerous. The best advice is to have these spots evaluated by a board certified dermatologist. Also recommended is a lip balm with at least an SPF of 30 applied to the lips on a daily basis.
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