Cherry angiomas are small, red skin growths that can appear anywhere on the body. Their red appearance that gives them their name is due to broken blood vessels within the growth. They are also known as senile angiomas, Campbell de Morgan spots or "red freckles". Cherry angiomas are completely harmless but you may wish to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.
The exact cause of cherry angiomas is unclear although, like many skin conditions, they appear to have a link with ageing. They have also been associated with pregnancy and exposure to chemicals.
Cherry angiomas can grow anywhere on the body but they are most commonly found on the arms, torso and legs.
Cherry angiomas have a link with ageing, hence their other name "senile angiomas". People tend to get them after the age of 30 and their prevalence and number is likely to increase with age. Those over the age of 70 are most prone to cherry angiomas and pregnant women may also get them.