JANE SHEMILT, COSINE GRAPHICS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JANE SHEMILT, COSINE GRAPHICS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Close-up of the hands of an elderly woman showing several liver spots or senile lentigines (singular: lentigo). Liver spots are brown, flat, freckle-like spots caused by excess development of the brown skin pigment melanin. They become increasingly common with age and are sometimes known as age spots. Liver spots are normally harmless but can occasionally turn into a slow- growing form of skin cancer.
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