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Skin Discoloration

Customer's Comment: I've had this circular flat patch of discolored skin for probably a year since I've noticed. I first thought it could be a fungus like ring-worm or something but doesn't seem to fit the description. It is large, about 22mm. Not a perfect circle. Looks like it's freckly with a little bit of loss pigment. It's never been itchy or flaky or inflamed. It varies in visibility whether I have tan or not. I've attached the picture. Thank you so much for your help!!! I've circled the abnormal skin in the pictures as it is a little hard to see in pictures.


White Patch


White Patch



There are a few possible reasons for having a white spot on the skin.

Below are two links which may be able to answer your question.




Customer's Comment: Hi, I have many white spots on my shoulders. They are all 5 mm or smaller and have existed for years. Was wondering why they appeared and if they may be a symptom of something else. They do not bother me in any way other than health wise.


White Spots



There are a few possible reasons for having white spots on the skin.

Please see the link below.



Customer's Comment: White mole on shoulder. 4-5 millimeters. First notice about 6 months ago.


White Mole



The mole should be examined by a physician as melanomas can sometimes be white.



Opticom Data Research uses an automated process to check for similarities between your skin mole and 100s of skin mole images on the Web that are tagged as "skin cancer" or "melanoma." Opticom Data Research is NOT responsible for the diagnosis of the Web moles (i.e. whether specific skin moles are indeed cancerous) nor does it claim that these similarities are medically significant. Use the mole analysis report for educational purposes only. It is NOT designed to replace a mole check by your doctor, regular self exams of moles in front of a mirror, or any other mole monitoring measures. The report should not be used for diagnosing skin cancer or any other medical problems.

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