Question - Is it a freckle or melanoma?

Answered by: Nancy Lewis  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 24-08-2021  |  Views: 1471  |  Total Questions: 14

Melanoma that looks like a freckle. Melanoma is a scary disease because it can often look quite similar to harmless-looking blemishes, like a mole or a freckle. According to DermNet New Zealand, about 75% of melanomas are new spots that appear in otherwise normal-looking skin. Since freckles are almost always harmless, there is no need to treat them. This is especially important because people who freckle easily (for example, lighter-skinned people) are more likely to develop skin cancer. When to see a doctor Freckles are harmless, but they can sometimes look similar to some types of skin cancer. If people notice any changes in their skin, they should see a doctor, who will be able to check the skin for anything unusual. Harmless coloured spots that range from 1mm to 10mm. Uniform in shape and even coloured. May be raised. The more moles or freckles you have the higher your risk of skin cancer. May have uneven borders and multiple colours like brown and black. Observe moles carefully for any sign of change. Freckles are small flat brown marks that most often appear on the face and other exposed parts of the body in the summer months. Solar lentigines are harmless too but because they can sometimes turn into melanoma it is good to get them checked out, especially if they start to change colour or shape.

https://www.aimatmelanoma.org/about-melanoma/types-of-melanoma/

What It Is: The most common type of melanoma, representing about 70% of all cases. This melanoma usually appears as a flat or barely raised lesion, often with irregular borders and variations in color. About half of these melanomas occur in pre-existing moles.

https://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/faq-melanoma

Melanoma is a very serious skin cancer characterized by the uncontrolled growth of cells that produce pigment, the substance in skin that produces color. Melanomas may appear suddenly and without warning. They are found most frequently on the face and neck, upper back and legs, but can occur anywhere on the body.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freckle

The formation of freckles is caused by exposure to sunlight. This means that one who has never developed freckles may develop them suddenly following extended exposure to sunlight. Freckles are predominantly found on the face, although they may appear on any skin exposed to the sun, such as arms or shoulders.

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ConditionsAndTreatments/melanoma

Melanoma can grow very quickly. It can become life-threatening in as little as six weeks and, if untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body. Melanoma can appear on skin not normally exposed to the sun.

https://www.medicinenet.com/freckles/article.htm

Common freckles themselves are quite harmless and rarely develop into skin cancer. Most freckles are produced by exposure to ultraviolet light and typically fade in the winter. Unusual-appearing freckles may become malignant skin cancer.

https://www.cancercenter.com/cancer-types/melanoma/symptoms

The first sign of melanoma is typically a new spot on the skin, or a change in the size, shape or color of an existing mole. The ABCDE method may help you determine whether an abnormal skin growth may be melanoma: Asymmetry: The mole has an irregular shape. Border: The edge is not smooth, but irregular or notched.

https://www.skincheck.org/Page4.php

Although a nodular melanoma can arise in a pre-existing mole, it is more common for one to develop spontaneously from normal skin, as in the four photos above. The colors of nodular melanomas are usually black, blue-black, dark brown, or brown-red.

https://www.allure.com/story/skin-cancer-self-exams-early-detection

Dermatologists don't routinely examine the genital skin unless you mention a specific concern, but remember: We went to school for what feels like a million years to be trained how to do so if there's a problem.

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/skin-cancer/skin-cancer-image-gallery.html

They can appear as pale, pink, or red, shiny or pearly bumps. Basal cell cancers are often fragile and bleed easily. Some of these cancers start as actinic keratoses (AK), a skin pre-cancer seen here. AKs are usually small, rough or scaly flesh-colored patches that tend to start on sun-exposed areas.

https://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/ss/skin-cancer-and-skin-lesions-overview

Squamous Cell Carcinoma This nonmelanoma skin cancer may appear as a firm red nodule, a scaly growth that bleeds or develops a crust, or a sore that doesn't heal. It most often occurs on the nose, forehead, ears, lower lip, hands, and other sun-exposed areas of the body.

https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/melanoma/melanoma-warning-signs-and-images/

While benign moles are usually a single shade of brown, a melanoma may have different shades of brown, tan or black. As it grows, the colors red, white or blue may also appear. D is for Diameter or Dark.

https://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/melanoma/symptoms-and-signs

Also, when melanoma develops in an existing mole, the texture of the mole may change and become hard or lumpy. Although the skin lesion may feel different and may itch, ooze, or bleed, a melanoma skin lesion usually does not cause pain.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323486

A squamous cell carcinoma may look like: a rough or scaly red patch that may crust or bleed. open sores that may ooze or crust, and either do not heal or heal and return. a growth that looks like a wart.

https://www.healthline.com/health/cancer/stage-4-melanoma-pictures

Sometimes the symptoms for stage 4 melanoma may not appear for many years after the original tumor was removed. Talk to your doctor if you're feeling new pains and aches or symptoms. They'll be able to help diagnose the cause and recommend treatment options.