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Doctor insights on: What Is An Age Spot

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Can age spots become cancerous? I have noticed what i think is my first age spot. Should i be concerned that it could turn cancerous? .

Can age spots become cancerous? I have noticed what i think is my first age spot.  Should i be concerned that it could turn cancerous?

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No not really: Age spots mean different things to different people. But most spots on the skin that appear as we grow older are benign. So they rarely become cancerous. But skin cancer is relatively common. If there is anything that is growing and causing you concern, it should be checked by a physician or by a skin specialist(dermatologist). ...Read more

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Is scratching an age spot off bad?

Is scratching an age spot off bad?

Possibly: You may possibly cause scarring by scratching off a lesion. Another problem is if you want to have a definitive diagnosis of whether or not the lesion is a skin cancer, you would need to have the lesion present for the doctor to evaluate and biopsy. ...Read more

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Does everybody get age spot growths on their skin if they are lucky enough to live to be old ?

Does everybody get age spot growths on their skin if they are lucky enough to live to be old ?

Age spots: These "liver" or "age" spots, o/w called senile or solar lentigines, are very common over 40. Of course with pigmented lesions it is very important to consider more serious, and possibly life-threatening forms such as malignant melanoma. So, always see your dermatologist if a lesion is changing or has any of the warning signs of melanoma- http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001853/. ...Read more

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Do I have an age spot or a birthmark?

Do I have an age spot or a birthmark?

Don't have a clue: On this public site we don't have access to anything you upload, so if you sent in a picture we cannot see it.If your spot was there within weeks of birth then it might be considered a birthmark.Otherwise you need to ask your doc or have someone look at it. ...Read more

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Will salicylic acid remove an age spot?

It might lighten: spot, but won't likely remove completely.

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I have a age spot that is getting bigger on my face. Do I need to have it looked at ?

I have a age spot that is getting bigger on my face. Do I need to have it looked at ?

Absolutely: In general, I recommend having any changing skin lesion evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal at the age 55 to spot a little blood at had been having cramps for several days and then today 10-11-14 I spotted a little blood?

Is it normal at the age 55 to spot a little  blood at had been having cramps  for several days and then today 10-11-14 I spotted a little blood?

Post menopausal: Bleeding isn't normal. I suggest you see your primary care or OB/Gyn for a checkup as soon as possible. Thanks for trusting HealthTap. ...Read more

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Was on mini pill and bled/spot for 4 months,so came off it ages ago,had the injection today will I bleed constantly on that like I did with the pill?

Was on mini pill and bled/spot for 4 months,so came off it ages ago,had the injection today will I bleed constantly on that like I did with the pill?

A few things: The depoprovera shot is very effective and easy to use. You will need one shot every 3 months. Most patients will have no periods but some will have irregular periods. It is an appetite stimulant. The excess hunger can cause weight gain for some. Long term use can lead to some bone loss. ...Read more