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I'm a teen and I have a milimiter brown spot on my left nipple, maybe a tiny discoloration on 1of the patches? No pain/discharge, freckle/mole or cancer?

I'm a teen and I have a milimiter brown spot on my left nipple, maybe a tiny discoloration on 1of the patches? No pain/discharge, freckle/mole or cancer?

Likely benign: I would watch it for increase in size, change in consistency or bleeding; if none of these then this is likely a benign mole.

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Are new freckles a sign of cancer?

Are new freckles a sign of cancer?

No: Freckles are freckles and are benign, early skin cancer may appear to be a frickle to an untrained eye, . And a compelling reason to see your doctor for professional opinion.

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So I have a newly formed blister that I popped and it left a dark pigment and it changes size and it isn't round like a freckle, could this be cancer?

So I have a newly formed blister that I popped and it left a dark pigment and it changes size and it isn't round like a freckle, could this be cancer?

Post inflammatory: Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a common and normal response during the healing process. When traumatized skin heals, redness, followed by dark discoloration often occurs. With time, the site will usually resume normal coloration to match the surrounding skin.

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Have a mole that's slightly inflamed with a pin hole on top of the freckle....Can it be skin cancer? It's not two dif colors n same size as reg freckl

Have a mole that's slightly inflamed with a pin hole on top of the freckle....Can it be skin cancer? It's not two dif colors n same size as reg freckl

Skin cancer: Skin cancers often develop from previous moles, freckles and benign (non-cancerous) skin pathology. The important features are irregular shape, color changes and intact orders. If a lesion changes in these areas or is initially irregular in shape and color. Since yours has changes with inflammation and a irregular hole it should probably be professionally evaluated. Photograph to identify changes.

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I live in Florida and just noticed that I have a red freckle on my arm. Could this be cancer? . I do not want to have cancer here like many people.

I live in Florida and just noticed that I have a red freckle on my arm. Could this be cancer? . I do not want to have cancer here like many people.

Red freckle: Difficult to say without seeing it. Best to see your primary doc or dermatologist to have a look. Statistically, "1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Between 40-50% of Americans who live to age 65 will have either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma at least once." Skin cancers are best addressed early for best outcome. Wear sunscreen daily. Reapply

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Brown/tan color freckle on top of right chest bit darker then skin tone gyno thinks its a freckle doesn't itch 4mm size & asymmetrical is itskin cancer?

Brown/tan color freckle on top of right chest bit darker then skin tone gyno thinks its a freckle doesn't itch 4mm size & asymmetrical is itskin cancer?

Probably not: However, since you asked us, you will certainly want to take it to a dermatologist. We can't diagnose at a distance on just a description. Many people have a lentigo or two on the upper body that looks out of place, and if a person feels uncomfortable about it, it's often wise to trust their intuition and simply remove it.

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My mole/freckle has changed within the past month and this is a sign of cancer?

My mole/freckle has changed within the past month and this is a sign of cancer?

Changing mole: Only a physician will be able to decide that. See your doctor and if there is any question, it should be biopsied.

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What cancer starts as 2 raised small freckles in different spots. I made a dermatologist appt because I do spend a lot of unprotected time in the sun?

What cancer starts as 2 raised small freckles in different spots. I made a dermatologist appt because I do spend a lot of unprotected time in the sun?

Melanoma: Each melanoma begins as a single mark but you're not too young to have two. Please try to use sunscreen and get these pigmented lesions seen.

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Link between skin cancer and moles/freckles?

Yes: Melanoma is a skin cancer starting from pigment producing cells called melanocytes. Moles which change color, have irregular borders, grow or bleed would be concerning features that mole has evolved into a melanoma. Best to see a dermatologist.

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Is a freckle that hurts / feels like a bruise a sign of skin cancer?

Is a freckle that hurts / feels like a bruise a sign of skin cancer?

Hard to say: It's impossible to say yes or no based on that description alone. What you describe is unusual enough that you should have a thorough skin examination with a special focus on the area you mentioned.

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Could the new freckle under my right nipple, on the areola, be a sign of cancer?

Could the new freckle under my right nipple, on the areola, be a sign of cancer?

Yes: While rare, it is possible to develop skin cancer on the areola. Worrisome signs include a mole that is irregular, raised, ulcerated, or bleeding. When in doubt, it is best to seek out the opinion of a doctor. A simple biopsy can be performed in the office to determine if it is a cancer.

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What kind of skin cancer can start as a small freckle then feel slightly raised to the touch? I have made a dermatologist appt also

Several kinds: At your age, you most likely have a benign lesion. You made a smart move to have a dermatologist look at it but again this is most likely not a problem.

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Cluster of tiny flat spots like freckles under skin on thigh, started reddish and turned light brown. Is this cause for concern re skin cancer?

Cluster of tiny flat spots like freckles under skin on thigh, started reddish and turned light brown. Is this cause for concern re skin cancer?

Spots: It's difficult to state with 100% confidence or accuracy without looking at an individual lesion, however if there is any change in size, color or shape of any lesion especially any new lesion which was not present before, it is important that you visit a dermatologist for further evaluation as it may possibly need a skin biopsy to rule out skin cancer.

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How am I supposed to know if a mole or a freckle is just that or in fact signs of melanoma cancer?

How am I supposed to know if a mole or a freckle is just that or in fact signs of melanoma cancer?

When in doubt - eval: American academy of dermatology: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer.

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My husband (28 years) has a very new, 2.5mm, freckle like mark on his lower eyelid. Is this likely to be skin cancer?

My husband (28 years) has a very new, 2.5mm, freckle like mark on his lower eyelid. Is this likely to be 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.

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Small, flat, painless freckle like spots on the tip of my penis. Not sure how long I have had them. Penile cancer? I am circumcised.

Small, flat, painless freckle like spots on the tip of my penis. Not sure how long I have had them. Penile cancer? I am circumcised.

Freckles: You're entitled to have freckles there, even if the sun seldom shines on it. More than a few guys do. Show your physician on your next office visit to be sure.

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I have brown spots on lips? I have 4 of them and they look kind of like freckles and are flat as well. Is this some sort of skin cancer?

I have brown spots on lips? I have 4 of them and they look kind of like freckles and are flat as well. Is this some sort of skin cancer?

See Ender's Game: The movie - teen actor has it too. It is unlikely to be cancer. Peutz jaeger's syndrome, associated with GI avm's is a possibility. Ask your pcp/iternist first. But no rush.

Freckle (Definition)

A freckle is a small brown spot on your skin, caused by sun exposure. Use your abcde's to tell the difference between a freckle and skin cancer. A=asymmetry. B=border [irregular]. C=color [irregular]. D=diameter [larger than a pencil eraser]. E=evolving [change in color, size, height, new symptoms like bleeding, itching or crusting]. These are danger signs that ...Read more