Skin cancer symptoms

The most apparent symptom of any skin cancer is a lump, patch, or lesion on the skin that is out of the ordinary or doesn't heal within a few weeks. There are two types of skin cancer, non-melanomas, and melanoma. Non-melanomas are the most common and the most successful to treat, especially if diagnosed quickly. Malignant melanomas can spread to other parts of the body, but if caught early enough can also be successfully treated but may require more radical treatment. So what are skin cancer symptoms?

The earlier skin cancer is detected, and treatment started, the better the outcome, so awareness of skin cancer symptoms is vitally important. With Skinvision’s iPhone app, you can easily keep a regular check on your skin and quickly be aware of any suspicious changes.

Non-melanoma skin cancer symptoms

Non-melanomas most often appear on areas of the skin regularly exposed to UV light, such as the face, ears, hands, forearms, lower legs, and shoulders. Basal cell carcinomas present as small red or pink lumps, but can also look like pearl-white spots, or red, scaly patches. As the lump slowly grows, it might crust and bleed or become a painless ulcer that won’t heal. Squamous cell non-melanoma is less common and shows as a firm pinkish lump, that is either smooth or has a scaly and crusted surface. Squamous cell tumors are often painful when touched and bleed easily. Non-melanomas are easily treatable and rarely spread to other parts of the body.

What does a normal mole look like?

Melanoma skin cancer Symptoms

Malignant melanoma is a rarer form of skin cancer that does spread to other organs if not caught and treated early and causes up to 2,000 deaths a year in the UK. This means melanoma is slightly different from skin cancer symptoms as well: The first sign you have might have melanoma is the development of a new mole, or a change in the appearance of existing moles, especially if this change happens rapidly. You need to be aware of moles that are getting bigger, changing shape, bleeding, becoming crusty, changing color, or starting to be itchy and painful. Generally, malignant melanomas have ragged edges and are asymmetrical in shape, often combining two or more colours.

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Symptoms of melanoma skin cancer

If you see a new spot or new mole on your body that is itchy, feels painful or bleeds, get it checked out immediately by your doctor. The symptoms of melanoma skin cancer vary tremendously so it’s important to make sure any blemish or irregular-looking mole is investigated and treated.

Itchy skin cancer symptom

Skin cancer symptoms: itching

We have all experienced itching. Itchy skin also is known as pruritus: an uncomfortable skin sensation that typically feels like something is crawling in or even on your skin. There are many causes of itching which include; rash, dry skin, blisters, or even different toxins that contact your skin. But have you ever wondered if itching could be a sign of skin cancer? Many doctors identify painful or itchy skin lesions as an indication or warning sign of skin cancer. Although not the only sign or symptom, itchy skin is amongst one of the features associated with skin cancer.

Early skin cancer symptoms

The importance of catching early skin cancer symptoms is not to be misunderstood: with early detection the chances of recovery are much higher. In fact, a recent study by Euromelanoma states that melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer) deaths could be reduced by 54% if detected early: these people could have been treated.

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Skin cancer symptoms pictures

Being able to quickly recognize changes in your skin can be key to identifying potential skin issues. Skin cancer pictures can help with this. It is imperative that each person fully knows their own skin fully in order to monitor changes such as growths or moles or new lumps as these can be indications of poor skin health, melanoma or skin cancer.