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I have a brown spot on my skin, what's the difference between atypical nevi and melanoma?

I have a brown spot on my skin, what's the difference between atypical nevi and melanoma?

Biopsy distinguishes: Although experienced dermatologists or other doctors who treat skin cancers can often tell whether a brown spot on your skin is a likely melanoma, ultimately only a skin biopsy can differentiates a non-cancerous mole from a melanoma. ...Read more

Age Spots (Definition)

Age or liver spots typically refer to a skin lesion known as a solar lentigo. Typically this is flat, larger than normal freckles and contains darker pigmentation. Other age spots may refer to seborrheic keratoses that are dark, slightly elevated and are described as looking like grease paint. Both of these lesions are generally benign but evaluation by a ...Read more


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I noticed two flat brown/white spots, size of finger nail, in the center of my chest. Can Melanoma be flat and just appear on skin?

I noticed two flat brown/white spots, size of finger nail, in the center of my chest. Can Melanoma be flat and just appear on skin?

Possible: Get the areas biopsied. Most of the time melanoma is black and dark. But, I personally have seen very benign plain looking non-pigmented skin lesion come back as melanoma after biopsy. Melanoma / cancer does not play by the rules. Get checked. ...Read more

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Button on the front appeared rapidly (4 weeks) skin color wt small symmetrical colored spots, bulging, roughened, mole size? Could that be a melanoma?

Button on the front appeared rapidly (4 weeks) skin color wt small symmetrical colored spots, bulging, roughened, mole size? Could that be a melanoma?

Get it seen: I suspect it'll turn out to be a keratoacanthoma but any growth that you have to ask about like this needs to be seen by your primary care physician. ...Read more

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I have a red lumpy spot on my head. Not been there for a while but was noticed 5/6 weeks ago. My mum passed with melanoma? Can melanoma look like this

I have a red lumpy spot on my head. Not been there for a while but was noticed 5/6 weeks ago. My mum passed with melanoma? Can melanoma look like this

Persistent lump: Any mass that persists or grows larger over time deserves to be evaluated for potential cancer. Although most tumors in the scalp are simple benign cysts related to the hair structure, melanoma and other cancers can develop there as well. Melanoma is not usually familial, but your mother's experience should still be cautionary. Get it seen. ...Read more

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Rapidly growing, even boardered, uniform colored brown spot on neck. Seeing derm in 3 weeks. Gp concerned about skin cancer. Low risk its melanoma? I'm 21

Rapidly growing, even boardered, uniform colored brown spot on neck. Seeing derm in 3 weeks. Gp concerned about skin cancer. Low risk its melanoma? I'm 21

ABCDE of melanoma: Check out http://www. Webmd. Com/melanoma-skin-cancer/abcds-of-melanoma-skin-cancer as quick reference to ABCDEs of skin cancer. You didn't mention size but it's change/growing thus evolving. While melanoma is rare in 21yo, I agree that evaluation is key. May need biopsy for absolute proof. ...Read more

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1-2mm Raised skin coloured spot on foot scratched it top came off no bleeding bit watery could it be nodular melanoma? Will it grow back if it is?

1-2mm Raised skin coloured spot on foot scratched it top came off no bleeding bit watery could it be nodular melanoma? Will it grow back if it is?

Watch it: Keep an eye on this spot and look for future changes. It will likely heal on its own over 1 week. If it does not heal over 2-3 weeks time, you need to see a doctor to check it and guide you further. ...Read more

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I found a small brown mole looking bump on the bottom of my foot. Not there last Nov. Plenty of dead skin on heel. Wart? Melanoma? Blood spot?

I found a small brown mole looking bump on the bottom of my foot. Not there last Nov. Plenty of dead skin on heel. Wart? Melanoma? Blood spot?

Old Blood?: Odds are that it is old blood imbedded in the callus BUT if it is a melanoma, it is very important to get it when it is small---See a doctor within the next few weeks ...Read more

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What is good for white age spots on skin?

What is good for white age spots on skin?

See: You should see your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation. This way you can get the best treatment for these spots. ...Read more

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Age spots on skin? What exactly are age spots?

Age spots: The term ‘age spots’, or lentigines, refers to the brownish spots that, over time appear on your face and body as a result of overexposure to the sun. As we age our skin is subjected to more and more sun damage. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has had age spots on skin. But there's a.new group that has popped up overnight it seems. He's looks sickly thin. Pleaae direct me.

My boyfriend has had age spots on skin. But there's a.new group that has popped up overnight it seems. He's looks sickly thin. Pleaae direct me.

Skin cancer?: See dermatologist right away, could mean sign of other internal disease too if sickly looking, if smokes even more at risk ...Read more

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Will carbamide peroxide whiten age spots on skin?

Will carbamide peroxide whiten age spots on skin?

Dpentalnproduct: For bleaching teeth- dought it will work on sun spots? ...Read more

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Are there any laser skin treatments for age spots? I'm looking for a way to get rid of the dark spots on my face for good. I stay out of the sun and exfoliate regularly, but nothing seems to help. I don't want a temporary solution. Would laser skin treatm

Yes: Intense pulsed light (ipl) is a quick and effective way to fade unwanted skin pigment with little downtime. Permanent removal of unwanted skin pigment is much more difficult without permanently affecting the rest of your skin's natural skin color. Ipl followed by good skin care, sun protection and use of hydroquinone can extend the results of treatment but periodic touch-ups will be necessary. ...Read more

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I'm 52 have age spots and starting to get lines around my mouth and wrinkles under my eyes. I have oily skin?

I'm 52 have age spots and starting to get lines around my mouth and wrinkles under my eyes. I have oily skin?

Dermatology Consult: Smoking cigarettes, sun bathing and alcohol consumption bring on pre-mature aging. I hope you have not been doing this. In either case, see your dermatologist to make a plan to combat this. It is a life long task.

Best wishes ...Read more

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What is the difference between apperant picture of the melanoma and skin fungal infection?

What is the difference between apperant picture of the melanoma and skin fungal infection?

Very different: Melanomas usually start in a pigmented lesion (not always). And slowly grow and may bleed or ulcerate. Fungal infections begin in moist creases or folds and have white arches or raised itchy pink skin and usually respond to treatment by keeping the area clean and dry whereas a melanoma will not. Any lesion present for over a month should be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between melanoma, the other skin cancers, and moles/scabs?

How can you tell the difference between melanoma, the other skin cancers, and moles/scabs?

Skin exam/biopsy: A dermatologist can recognize the difference between these in many cases just off of a skin exam. If they still have a concern/suspicion, a biopsy can be performed to definitively identify the lesion. ...Read more

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I have a black spot on my toe which im concerned is either nodular melanoma or a blood spot how can I tell the difference?

I have a black spot on my toe which im concerned is either nodular melanoma or a blood spot how can I tell the difference?

You see a doctor: Who can take a biopsy. Doctors can also use dermoscopy to get a better look than a naked eye. ...Read more

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Are age spots the same as sun spots? Are age spots and sun spots the same thing? If not, what is the difference between the two? .

Are age spots the same as sun spots? Are age spots and sun spots the same thing? If not, what is the difference between the two? .

Age spots/ sun spots: These are different words to describe the same skin condition. They are also known as liver spots or solar lentigines. Caused by exposure to uv rays, these flat brown, gray or black "spots" tend to occur on the face, arms, hands, upper back and scalp. Those with fair skin complexion, who burn easily are most susceptible. Prevention is best, with sunscreen, hats, sunglasses your key strategies. ...Read more

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Melanoma (Definition)

Cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more