Spotting the Difference: Melanoma, Age Spots and Sun Spots

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

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Melanoma is one the most common skin cancers patients experience. Moreover, it can spread rather easily to other parts of the body. Sometimes, it can be difficult to distinguish sun spots from age spots, as both are similar in color. While sun spots are benign, melanoma can grow underneath those spots and turn them cancerous. Different skin spots have distinct colors and textures, so it's important to be aware of those qualities. 

Note: If you notice any changes to a spot on your body, you may want to consult your healthcare provider.