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Symptoms of Skin Cancer

Symptoms of Skin Cancer: Introduction

Symptoms of skin cancer vary depending on the specific type of skin cancer.

Basal cell carcinoma begins as a small lump that contains enlarged blood vessels and eventually develops onto an open sore or lesion. Basal cell carcinoma often develops on the face but can appear on any area that gets a lot of sun exposure.

Squamous cell carcinoma can appear lumps or patches that can look like warts or open sores. Squamous cell carcinoma most often grows on the back of the hands or the lips, but can appear anywhere on the body.

Malignant melanoma can grow within existing moles or freckles. Symptoms of malignant melanoma include having a mole that is enlarging, asymmetrical, or has abnormal coloring or more than one color.

Complications of some forms of skin cancer include the spread of cancer cells to the lymph nodes and to other areas of the body. This is most common in untreated skin cancer and can be fatal. This is most likely to happen with malignant melanoma but can occur with squamous cell carcinoma as well.

Another complication of skin cancer is a higher risk of developing breast cancer....more about Skin Cancer »

Symptoms of Skin Cancer

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Skin Cancer includes the 6 symptoms listed below:

  • 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
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Article Excerpts About 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)

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Skin Cancer. This signs and symptoms information 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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