Skin cancer or age spots? (Photos)
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Likely sunspots but please get them looked at
Thank you for your enquiry and pictures. As my colleagues have said these are likely to be sunspots or possibly benign moles.
I would advise that you seek the advice of your family doctor who will I am certain reassure you that all is well.
Non cancerous age spots
These look like age spots and not pigmented solar keratosis (pre skin cancer). A close examination by a dermatologist will give you the most accurate answer.
These can be treated with simple liquid nitrogen, or better still lasers. Creams will have no impact on these spots. All the best, Dr Davin Lim. Brisbane. Australia.
Brown spots - skin cancer?
Brown spots are generally related to sun exposure. Likewise, most skin cancer is the direct result of sun exposure (and/or tanning bed radiation). From your photos, it appears that your risk of skin cancer on those locations is low, however, a careful exam by a specialist in skin cancer would be advised if you have concerns. For all of us: mid day sun precautions/cover, routine sunscreen, and regular skin checks - are important for preventing/catching early skin cancer. Hope this is helpful.
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Ligihtly pigmented spots on hands and wrists
Hi there and thank you for the question.
From your age and the pictures it does appear that these spots are benign; it would be very unlikely that they are sinister however an internet photo is never going to be sufficient to make an accurate diagnosis and it would be best to be seen and fully assessed by an experienced specialist used to assessing these types of lesions including dermatoscopy.
I hope that you found this information helpful.
In all probability, these are benign hyperpigmentation spots. However, like I tell all my patients, no one can tell with 100% certainty if these spots are pre-cancerous or cancerous. Only with a good history and examination followed by a biopsy can you be certain that this is not cancer. Please go and get checkeed!
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