Some spots caused by aging and sun exposure are benign, while others need medical attention. Learn the difference.
If you've recently spent any time in the sun, you may have noticed that you have a few more spots brown or tan or white on the exposed parts of your body. Even if you always use sun protection now, you can still develop skin changes caused by sun exposure decades ago. The good news is that most of these will not be cancerous. However, distinguishing benign spots from those that warrant medical attention can be somewhat tricky. Though the following are caused by sun exposure, they won't progress to cancer.