What you should know about sunspots
What are sunspots?
Sunspots (or solar keratoses) are rough, scaly spots or patches on any area of the skin that has been in the sun. They can be skin-coloured or reddish brown. Crusts that are white or yellow often appear. Sunspots feel rough like sandpaper, and may be easier to feel than to see.
A person may have a single sunspot, but as the sun can damage a large area of skin, more sunspots can appear over time. Sunspots can be as small as a pinhead, while others may grow to be larger than a 10 cent piece.
Sunspots may fade, stay the same, or change into something more dangerous.
Some skin cancers can develop from sunspots in people who are at risk.
Who is at risk?
Anyone can have a sunspot, but they are more common in people who are:
Look out for these danger signs
If you notice any of the features mentioned above, show your doctor.
Protect yourself and your family from sunspots and skin cancer
Remember to do regular WHOLE BODY CHECKS on yourself and your loved ones
This includes checking area that are normally hidden from the sun, because skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body. Show your doctor if you find anything new or different on your skin.