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My dermatologist said that the spots on my arm are pigmented lesions and not to worry. Can these lesions become cancerous?

My dermatologist said that the spots on my arm are pigmented lesions and not to worry. Can these lesions become cancerous?

It is possible: Your dermatologist is trained in being able to detect abnormal and potentially dangerous skin lesions, including those pigmented spots. It is important to continue to follow up regularly (every 6-12 months) with the dermatologist or primary doctor for whole body skin checks. Over time your existing skin lesions can change and new lesions can develop. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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1)i have brownish spots on my chest area now going to my face and under arms?2)i already have a app. To see a dermatologist but i no ins. An estimate?

1)i have brownish spots on my chest area now going to my face and under arms?2)i already have a app. To see a dermatologist but i no ins. An estimate?

Tinea Versicolor: Tinea versicolor is fairly common. It is caused by a type of yeast fungus called pityrosporum ovale. This fungus is normally found on human skin. It only causes a problem in certain settings. The condition is treated by applying antifungal medicines to the skin. These medicines include clotrimazole, ketoconazole, and miconazole. Anti-fungal medicines you take by mouth can also be used. ...Read more

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Have pictures of brown spots on my back can a dermatologist take a look at these pictures and see if there are pre cancerous or maybe be melanoma?

Have pictures of brown spots on my back can a dermatologist take a look at these pictures and see if there are pre cancerous or maybe be melanoma?

Evaluation.: These are better evaluated in person so that subtle changes can be seen and felt. See a physician for a complete skin examination. The internet is no substitute for this. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I have black spot on nose .. I have seen dermatologist, he said its pigmentation ... Still its showing on nose?

Ask your: Dermatologist since there is not enough information here to address your question. ...Read more

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Red oval spot on my soulder, 1" at its widest, 3/4" smallest. I've seen a dermatologist about it, and he said that it wasn't skin cancer. Opinion?

Red oval spot on my soulder, 1" at its widest, 3/4" smallest. I've seen a dermatologist about it, and he said that it wasn't skin cancer. Opinion?

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. ...Read more

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About 2 years ago I had a precancerous brown spot removed by a dermatologist. What remains is white. Could it still be cancerous? I think it's grown.

About 2 years ago I had a precancerous brown spot removed by a dermatologist. What remains is white. Could it still be cancerous? I think it's grown.

Skin lesion: The excised precancerous area likely lacks pigmentation, which may be why it appears white. If the site has changed in size, color, or irregularity of the margins, get an evaluation. ...Read more

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Pigment (Definition)

Any chemical which has a color (minerals also) can be said to have a pigment. Such chemicals are responsible for the colors of the skin, the hair, the eyes and things we don't ordinary see such as the brown ...Read more