When should I worry about sun spots?
Any freckle, mole, or sunspot that changes in color, shape, or size is suspicious. A tan spot that becomes mixed with red, black, or pink areas needs to be checked out. A small freckle that becomes much larger or develops an irregular border should be seen by a physician.
What does a sun cancer spot look like?
Melanoma signs include: A large brownish spot with darker speckles. A mole that changes in color, size or feel or that bleeds. A small lesion with an irregular border and portions that appear red, pink, white, blue or blue-black.
Can age spots turn into melanoma?
Age spots don’t require medical care. Have your doctor look at spots that are black or have changed in appearance. These changes can be signs of melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer.
How can you tell if a spot is cancerous?
Redness or new swelling beyond the border of a mole. Color that spreads from the border of a spot into surrounding skin. Itching, pain, or tenderness in an area that doesn’t go away or goes away then comes back. Changes in the surface of a mole: oozing, scaliness, bleeding, or the appearance of a lump or bump.
Are Sun Spots harmless?
Sunspots are generally harmless and don’t pose any health risks. Typically, the only reasons to remove sunspots are cosmetic ones. However, it is important to know the difference between sunspots and signs of skin cancer caused by sun damage. The most common type of skin cancer is melanoma, and it is the most serious.
What does Stage 1 skin cancer look like?
Squamous Cell Carcinoma Early Stages
At first, cancer cells appear as flat patches in the skin, often with a rough, scaly, reddish, or brown surface. These abnormal cells slowly grow in sun-exposed areas.
What does Stage 1 melanoma look like?
Stage I melanoma is no more than 1.0 millimeter thick (about the size of a sharpened pencil point), with or without an ulceration (broken skin). There is no evidence that Stage I melanoma has spread to the lymph tissues, lymph nodes, or body organs.
Can you pick skin cancer off?
Yes, you might be able to pick this crusty lesion off with your fingers. But it would grow back. The right thing to do is see a dermatologist and have it removed.
Can sun spots be raised?
This excess pigment is triggered in response to injury (sun damage), sort of the way scar tissue forms after a cut or puncture wound. Unlike moles that tend to ’stick out’ above the skin, sunspots aren’t raised at all — run your finger over a sunspot, and it will feel just as smooth as the skin around it.
Is melanoma curable?
Melanoma is usually curable when detected and treated early. Once melanoma has spread deeper into the skin or other parts of the body, it becomes more difficult to treat and can be deadly. The estimated five-year survival rate for U.S. patients whose melanoma is detected early is about 99 percent.