Healthcare Skincare

Age Spots Or Melanoma

Like all changes in an individual’s body, some changes accompany the skin with age. One of the commonly known skin changes found in older people is liver spots or age spots. However, sometimes, these age spots may cause the doubt about whether or not it’s Melanoma. Melanoma looks similar to age spots and is mostly a dead form of skin cancer. If an individual looks at these spots, they might be confused as to whether it’s merely an age spot or Melanoma.

Therefore it is best to check in with a competent Leesburg dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. It is strongly recommended that a full body exam is done for individuals over the age of 50. Also individuals with a history of skin cancer in the family should perform a full body scan as soon as possible.

An age spot would typically fall into the following categories:
  • Cherry hemangiomas.
    This is a small red dot that would be caused by an overgrowth of a blood vessel in the skin.
  • Lentigines.
    The spots are flat, and tan colored or dark colored spots that appear similar to freckles.
  • Seborrheic Keratoses.
    These can either be flat or raised and can have a range between pale to dark brown or black color.

Melanoma in its early stages may look similar to lentigines or in some instances like Seborrheic Keratoses. If a bump grows over a mole or on a spot that was previously discolored or flat spot, it is essential to see a dermatologist as soon as possible to check for skin cancer.

Dr. Gurgen’s Dermatology Clinic is an institute specializing in skin care and would be able to help individuals identify what specific skin problems, they may really have. Dr. Gurgen Dermatology Clinic offers caring and attentive services for all skin care needs to ensure patients get the right treatment required.