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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?

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Dr. Brian Lawenda
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Brian Lawenda
Dr. Brian Lawenda
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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Monitor for change

It's important to perform self-exams on your entire body where you look for either new lesions or changes in pre-existing lesions.
Doesn't mean you're getting a skin cancer, just that you might want to have the dermatologist check. You should continue to monitor the pigmented lesions on your arm and if you notice a change in appearance of a lesion then go back to the dermatologist.

In brief: Monitor for change

It's important to perform self-exams on your entire body where you look for either new lesions or changes in pre-existing lesions.
Doesn't mean you're getting a skin cancer, just that you might want to have the dermatologist check. You should continue to monitor the pigmented lesions on your arm and if you notice a change in appearance of a lesion then go back to the dermatologist.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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