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Question: new "beauty spots" appearing


 fem002 - Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:22 am

Hi,
I generally have had many beauty spots gowing up. I am now 26 years old, I have noticed in the past 2 years many more spots appearing all over my body, I have noticed more on my arms. They are completely flat, like part of my skin (not raised above my skin), usually black in colour, a few are a brown colour, most of them are symmetrical circles, only one or two are not. The fact that I have more spots appearing was worrying me, is it something to be concerned about?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:13 pm

User avatar Hello,
Moles should be checked out, especially when you have a lot of them. Often a dermatologist will take photographs and compare to see if there are worrisome changes in the future. Melanoma often develops in a pre-existing mole that begins to change or a new mole. In most cases there is no problem with moles them but since skin cancer can be serious, it is best to be cautious.

Warning signs include: asymmetrical shape and irregular, uneven borders, multiple colors (vs one solid color), diameter greater than the size of the end of a pencil eraser, and changing over time.

By getting a baseline exam, it is easier to evaluate changes over time. Seeing your primary care physician or dermatologist would be the best plan.

Best wishes.

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