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Doctor insights on: Senile Lentigo

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Will having lentigo mean you will definetly get cancer?

Will having lentigo mean you will definetly get cancer?

Not always: There is a melanoma in situ called lentigo maligna, that is located on the face most commonly. It takes many years for it to progress. The term lentigo can be loosly used for a brown mole. Lentigo maligna melanoma is a true cancer usually of the elderly. Any lesion of the face should not be ignored, but check by a doctor. ...Read more

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Is freezing a good treatmentt for lentigo ( on face ), if not what is the best treatment?

Is freezing a good treatmentt for lentigo ( on face ), if not what is the best treatment?

Pigmentation: The efficacy of cryotherapy (freezing) and trichloroacetic acid (tca) were compared for the treatment of solar lentigo. Cryotherapy was more effective than tca 33% solution in the treatment of solar lentigines of the back of the hands, particularly in lighter-complexioned individuals. For darker-complexioned people, tca 33% may be preferred. Your dermatologist may also prefer other therapie. ...Read more

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Melanoma has an overall cure rate of around 80-90%. Superficial and lentigo are in the high 90's. What is Nodular overall?

About 95%: The modular form of melanoma begins on the skin and then travels downward. It's initial presentation, if superficial, is called Level 1 and is considered "in situ." ...Read more

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What is the clinical difference b/t a mole and a lentigo? Are lentigo smaller than moles? Lighter? Are moles elevated more often? How do you tell?

What is the clinical difference b/t a mole and a lentigo? Are lentigo smaller than moles? Lighter? Are moles elevated more often? How do you tell?

A big answer: A tough one to answer in such a short space. A mole is a benign growth of pigment producing cells (melanocytes). A lentigo (aka liver spot) is similar but more due to an increased amount of pigment in the bottom layer of the epidermis. Moles are often elevated but don't have to be so. Lentigos are usually flat but can also be raised. Seeing a dermatologist can help you sort this out. Helpful? ...Read more

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Is lentigo (brown spots on your legs) harmful? I have only three spots.

Is lentigo (brown spots on your legs) harmful? I have only three spots.

Lentigo: A lentigo or solar lentigo is one of the most common growths that occur on the skin. In general terms these are often referred to as liver spots or age spots. Lentigo are most frequently seen in adults over thirty, and they occur most commonly on sun exposed skin, face, back of hands, arms, chest and lower legs. They are typically tan or brown in color, and are generally flat. ...Read more