Is This Sunspot Cancerous?

As we age, we often begin to notice more brown spots and imperfections develop on the skin. This may include areas that are commonly exposed to the sun, including the hands, arms, and face. While these spots are often a common and natural part of aging, they may also be hyperpigmentation that is caused by excessive sun exposure. However, there are times when these imperfections may also be a sign of skin cancer.

Sunspots are common, and are not necessarily a reason for concern. Many of them are not dangerous. Patients who experience new or changing sun spots may want to have their dermatologist evaluate them. This may be due to cancer cells that are developing and can grow into something much more serious.

Is this sunspot cancerous?

Many patients who come to see Dr. Martin Zaiac often have questions about spots on the skin that may be cancerous. When in doubt, it is best for patients to schedule a skin cancer screening at the Greater Miami Skin and Laser Center. This is because some types of cancer may develop on the skin and may appear to be sunspots in the early stages. With a proper evaluation, our team can evaluate a patient and get a proper diagnosis.

Sunspots vs. skin cancer

When it comes to skin cancer, many professionals encourage patients to consider the method of diagnosis that spells out ABCDE. This is an acronym for:

  • Asymmetry
  • Border
  • Color
  • Diameter
  • Evolving

If any of these changes are seen in a sunspot or other skin growth or abnormality, such as a mole, it may need to be evaluated by a skincare professional. If the doctors determine it might be an area of skin cancer, they will often take a biopsy to have tested to check for cancerous cells. Once a proper diagnosis is made, the patient and doctor can then discuss treatment options.

Are you interested in a skin evaluation?

Contact Dr. Martin Zaiac of Greater Miami Skin and Laser Center today to book your skin cancer screening. With two convenient locations in the areas of Hallendale Beach and Miami Beach, FL, patients can get the care they need close to work, school, and home. Call (305) 532-4478 to schedule an appointment at either practice location.

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