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Signs of Skin Cancer

Symptoms of Skin Cancer

The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Skin Cancer may include:

  • Increased risk of skin cancer
  • Symptoms of skin cancer:
  • Non-healing skin lesion
  • Crusted bleeding skin lesion that doesn't heal
  • Unusual mole
  • Changes in mole
  • more symptoms...»

Note that Skin Cancer symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Skin Cancer signs may often refer to those signs that are only noticable by a doctor.

Signs or Symptoms of Skin Cancer:

Skin Cancer: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Skin cancer can look many different ways. The most common sign of skin cancer is a change on the skin, such as a growth or a sore that won't heal. Sometimes there may be a small lump. This lump can be smooth, shiny and waxy looking, or it can be red or reddish brown. Skin cancer may also appear as a flat red spot that is rough or scaly. Not all changes in your skin are cancer, but you should see your doctor if you notice changes in your skin. Melanoma can form from or near a mole, so it is important to have your health care provider check unusual (atypical) moles that are larger than others, have different colors, or that have irregular edges (borders). The American Academy of Dermatology says that if you notice a mole on your skin, look for the simple "ABCD" warning signs of melanoma:

  • Asymmetry ó one half does not match the other half.

  • Border irregularity ó the edges are ragged, notched or blurred.

  • Color ó the pigmentation is not uniform. Shades of tan, brown or black are present, causing a mottled, or splotchy, appearance. Dashes of red, white, and blue add to the mottled appearance.

  • Diameter ó the width is greater than six millimeters (about the size of a pencil eraser). Any growth of a mole should be of concern.

Malignant melanoma usually begins as a mottled, light brown to black flat blemish with irregular edges and is at least one-quarter inch in size. It can turn red, blue or white, or bleed and crust on the surface.

A skin growth called actinic keratoses (AKs) can be the earliest sign of squamous cell carcinoma. AKs are small, scaly spots that form on body parts that have been exposed to the sun. They may start as small, red, flat spots then grow larger and become scaly or thick, like a wart. Most AKs form on the face or back of the hands. (Source: excerpt from Skin Cancer: NWHIC)

Skin Care and Aging -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

Changes in the skin are not sure signs of cancer; however, itís important to see a doctor if any symptom lasts longer than 2 weeks. Donít wait for the area to hurt ó skin cancers seldom cause pain. (Source: excerpt from Skin Care and Aging -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Skin Care and Aging -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

The most common warning sign of skin cancer is a change on the skin, especially a new growth or a sore that doesnít heal. Skin cancers donít all look the same. For example, skin cancer can start as a small, smooth, shiny, pale, or waxy lump. Or it can appear as a firm red lump. Sometimes, the lump bleeds or develops a crust. Skin cancer also can start as a flat, red spot that is rough, dry, or scaly. (Source: excerpt from Skin Care and Aging -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

What You Need To Know About Skin Cancer: NCI (Excerpt)

The most common warning sign of skin cancer is a change on the skin, especially a new growth or a sore that doesn't heal. Skin cancers don't all look the same. For example, the cancer may start as a small, smooth, shiny, pale, or waxy lump. Or it can appear as a firm red lump. Sometimes, the lump bleeds or develops a crust. Skin cancer can also start as a flat, red spot that is rough, dry, or scaly.

Both basal and squamous cell cancers are found mainly on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun -- the head, face, neck, hands, and arms. However, skin cancer can occur anywhere. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Skin Cancer: NCI)

More Symptoms of Skin Cancer:

More detailed symptom information may be found on the symptoms of Skin Cancer article. In addition to the above medical information, to get a full picture of the possible signs or symptoms of this condition and also possibly the signs and symptoms of its related medical conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by:

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What are the signs of Skin Cancer?

The phrase "signs of Skin Cancer" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Skin Cancer that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Skin Cancer" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Skin Cancer.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Skin Cancer. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Skin Cancer has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Skin Cancer signs or Skin Cancer symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Skin Cancer may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Skin Cancer symptoms.

 

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