About Skin Cancer Symptoms
Skin cancer is a sickness that can affect many people. It mostly occurs on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun a lot.
There are three types of skin cancer, but only two of them (squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma) can metastasize and be fatal.
This page provides general advice about skin cancer symptoms. If you have concerns about symptoms of skin cancer you should see your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see your skin specialist.
What are the symptoms of skin cancer?
Because there are different types of skin cancers, they have different symptoms. Also, they most likely occur on areas of your skin that are often exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, scalp, hands, chest, arms and legs.
It doesn’t matter what tone your skin is, skin cancer can affect you regardless. It’s important to be safe and wear sunscreen when you are out in the sun and to avoid getting burned.
Be aware of the different skin cancer symptoms
Basal cell carcinoma symptoms
- A waxy or pearly bump on your skin
- A brown spot that looks like a scar
This is not usually fatal and will not usually metastasize, but it can still cause scars.
Squamous cell carcinoma
- A strong, red bump
- A flat, crusty wound
If you have darker skin you are more likely to get this one on parts of your skin that isn’t exposed to the sun.
- Large brown spots
- A mole that changes color or bleeds
- A small multicolored skin patch (white, red, blue-black, gray, brown)
- Dark lesions in different parts of your body
Protecting against skin cancer
It is very often too late to do anything about it once you find skin cancer symptoms. It’s far better to practice safety in the sun throughout your life so you avoid problems with skin cancer in the future. Use sunscreen whenever you go outside and try to avoid getting sun burnt. Wear a hat and cover up your arms and legs if it’s very hot.
If you have questions or concerns about skin cancer symptoms contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a dermatologist.