Understanding The Differences Between Skin Cancer And Age Spots

skin cancer and age spots

Cancer cases are on the rise and that is why it can be quite a scare if you notice a sudden spot on your skin. There is a fifty-fifty chance that it can be a symptom for skin cancer. Before you jump into conclusions, you need to visit a dermatologist just to confirm what the spot is. When spots develop on your skin, they don’t have to necessarily be cancer spots. Spots can appear on the skin for different reasons for example, they can be age spots. There are various skin care products you can use to prevent and erase age/sun spots.  Let us look at the difference between skin cancer and age spots.

How Age Spots Look Like

Age spots are also known as liver spots. They are common and usually appear on elderly people with pale skin from the age of 50 and above. Age spots are usually harmless and are caused by being exposed to years of sun’s UV rays. If you are constantly exposed to the sun, chances of you developing age spots are high and this can happen at any age. You need to take care of your skin to ensure that this does not happen.

Age spots usually appear on parts of your body that are constantly exposed to the sun and they vary in size. Some of these areas include your arms, hands, shoulders, upper back and the top of your feet. How can you identify age spots? To tell whether you have age spots you will notice the following characteristics:

  • They usually appear brown, black or tan in color.
  • Discoloration on the skin appears oval or flat.
  • Will appear on areas that are constantly exposed to the sun.

You can easily erase age spots by using F&F Stay Flawless Sun Damage Prevention Emulsion. This product helps to restore your skin from years of damage from sun’s UV rays to a brighter, lighter natural skin tone.

How Skin Cancer Looks Like

Just like age spots, skin cancer is caused by too much exposure from UV light from the sun. You can also get skin cancer from tanning beds. When the skin is exposed to UV light for prolonged periods of time, the skin cells multiply uncontrollably which causes a growth which develops into skin cancer. There are many different types of cancer some of which are life threatening. Characteristics of skin cancer include:

  • Unlike age spots, skin cancer spots change in shape, size, elevation, color or any other way.
  • The spots form lesions that bleed, itch or don’t heal.
  • New growths form on the spots like moles.

Research shows that melanoma causes most skin cancer deaths. If you happen to see strange spots on your skin, observe the following for signs of melanoma.

  • Try drawing an invisible line across the growth and if you notice the spot is asymmetrical, this could be a sign of melanoma.
  • Check if the sides of the spot are notched or uneven.
  • Check to see if the spot has more than one different shades of color. Melanoma will have different shades like black, brown, tan, blue, white or even red.

If you notice the above signs in your skin spots, you need to see your doctor immediately.