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without going to a dermatologist, are there any ways to tell an age spot from skin cancer?

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Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Need biopsy : Age spots tend to, be stable in appearance changing slowly over time whereas skin cancer tends to exhibit progressive changes and growth. However skin cancer takes many forms and shapes and may exhibit slow growth or change. A dermatologist can provide advice and may need to even perform a biopsy to make a definitive diagnosis.
Answered on Apr 28, 2013
Dr. Coyle Connolly
28 years experience Dermatology
Age spot: An age spot or freckle tends to fade in the winter when sun exposure is reduced . A mole will not fade in winter . A dermatologist should evaluate and treat any changing area.
Answered on May 6, 2013
Dr. Travis Kidner
16 years experience Surgical Oncology
ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body.
Answered on Feb 19, 2015
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