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Symptoms of Skin Cancer

Common Symptoms of Skin cancer are change on the outer skin, kind of sore that doesn't heal. Different types of Skin cancers don't look the same. Skin cancer may start as a small, smooth, shiny, pale or firm red lump. Sometimes, the lump bleeds or develops crust.

Following are the symptoms of different types of skin cancer:

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma looks like a lump or waxy, pearly bump on the sun-exposed skin of the head, neck, or shoulders.

  • Small blood vessels could be visible in the lump or tumor.
  • Slumping with crusting and bleeding (ulceration) frequently develops.
  • A Basal Cell Carcinoma is often mistaken for a sore that does not heal.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma

    Squamous Cell Carcinoma looks like red, scaling, thickened patch on sun-exposed part of the skin.

  • Like Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma may ulcerate and bleed.
  • If it left untreated, Squamous Cell Carcinoma may develop into a large tumor.
  • Melanoma

    Malignant Melanomas looks like brown-to-black pigmented lesions.

  • Warning signs of Malignant Melanomas include change in size, shape, color, or elevation of a mole.
  • The appearance of a new mole during adulthood, itching, ulceration or bleeding of an existing mole should be checked for possible Malignant Melanomas.
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