Skin Cancer Symptoms
signs and symptoms of skin cancer often go unnoticed. Initially, most skin cancers do not cause any pain,
itching or bleeding. People tend to confuse the disease with other common skin problems.
Skin cancer develops mostly
on the sun-exposed areas of the skin: scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms and hands. In some cases, the
cancer can develop on the legs (mostly in women), palms, beneath the fingernails, spaces between toes, under
toenails, and genital area.
Characteristic and location
of symptoms of skin cancer depend on the type of cancer you have. However, in
most cases, the first sign of a basal cell carcinoma is a whitish
bump which eventually bleeds and makes a crust that keeps coming. A squamous cell carcinoma can be
characterized by a red, dry and scaly nodule or lesion. The lesion
tends to be small at the beginning and grow as the tumor progresses.
carcinoma - basal cell
carcinoma tends to appear on the scalp and upper trunk, or face more precisely on the nose, eyelids, lips,
cheeks, forehead or temples. The lesion may also develop on the chest or back. In general, basal cell carcinoma having the following characteristics:
- red or
pink bump on the face, ears or neck;
flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion
chest or back
- A lesion
that do not heal.
carcinoma - this form
of skin cancer develops most often in areas exposed to the sun: head and neck, upper body, forearms, hands and
nails; however, the lesion can appear on other areas such as the mouth or genitals. In general, squamous cell
carcinoma is characterized by either one of the following signs:
- a dry
and red nodule that tends to be firm and scaly;
- A firm,
warty, pink or whitish lesion that does not heal.
Melanoma can develop
anywhere on your body as an irregular large brownish or dark growth on your skin. Melanoma may also begin in or
near an existing nevus (sharply-circumscribed and chronic lesion of the skin). The lesion tends to progress
rapidly, which makes it the most serious form of skin cancer. Melanoma is responsible for nearly 75% of deaths
from skin cancer. In most cases, melanoma is characterized by:
- a mole that changes color or size, and has an irregular
- a blackish lesion on
the skin or mucous membrane of:
o genital organs
Types of Skin
Skin Cancer Complications