All skin cancers including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma generally start as changes to your skin. These changes can appear as new growths or precancerous lesions, or other changes that are not cancer but may become cancer later. You can learn here how to identify early warning signs. Skin cancer can be cured if found early and treated properly. Different types of skin cancers may show slightly different signs. It is not easy to differentiate one form of skin cancer from another. You should consult a dermatologist if you notice any suspected change or evolving marks on your skin.
An unusual skin growth that doesn't go away may be the first warning sign of a non-melanoma skin cancer. Skin cancer may appear as a rash or an irregular patch on the surface of the skin in the beginning. Sometimes, these rashes or spots may ooze or bleed. As the cancer grows, the size or shape of the visible skin may change and the cancer may grow into deeper layers.
Basal cell carcinoma generally develops on areas that are exposed to the sun, such as your neck or face or legs or hands. Key warning signs of basal cell carcinoma are:
Generally, squamous cell carcinoma occurs on areas of our body that are exposed to the sun, such as face, ears, neck, and hands. Squamous cell carcinoma may appear as:
Melanoma can develop anywhere on your body. Melanoma most often develops on your face or the trunk. In women, it generally develops on the lower legs. Melanoma can occur on skin that is not even exposed to the sun. Signs of melanoma include such as:
If you notice any unusual changes on your skin that doesn’t go in a month, you should consult a doctor. It is better if you to take photographs of anything unusual that happens during this time so you can compare for any changes and also show to your doctor. There are many other conditions that appear similar to skin cancer but are not cancer. Your doctor will investigate these changes to determine the right cause.
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