Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Symptoms and Signs

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Symptoms and Signs

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Symptoms and Signs Skin cancer with diseases other than melanoma usually start in the wrong place or in any part of the skin. How benign skin cancer often depends on the type of cancer. Other diseases can also look like benign skin cancers. In the case of any skin lesions, a doctor should be consulted.

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Symptoms and Signs

The following are common signs and symptoms of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the most common types of non-melanoma skin cancer.

Basal cell carcinoma usually develops in sun-exposed areas of skin, especially the head, face, and neck. It can also develop in the central part of the body (trunk). BCC may appear on the skin as:

  • A sore that does not heal or returns after healing
  • Flat areas of pale white or yellow that look like scars
  • Elevated and scaly red patches
  • Small, smooth and shiny lumps that are white, pink or red pearls
  • A pink growth with the edges and notches raised in the center
  • A growth that has small blood vessels on the surface
  • A sore that bleeds
  • A growth or itching area
  • A growth or area that has itching, irritation, or pain

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Symptoms and Signs

Squamous cell carcinoma usually develops in areas of sun-exposed skin, but it can also be found on the skin around the genitals and anus. It can occur in the skin of scars, sores, ulcers, and burns. The SCC may appear on the skin as:

  • A sore that does not heal or returns after healing
  • Rough or scaly red patches with jagged edges
  • Elevated lumps that bleed in the center
  • A growth that looks like a wart
  • A sore that is crisp or bleeds easily

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