What are the Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer?

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer?


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What are the Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer?

The signs and symptoms of skin cancer depend on the type of skin cancer and location of skin cancer.

Signs and symptoms of basal cell carcinoma:

Common site of basal cell carcinoma are neck, face etc. and they appear as waxy or purple bump. The skin lesion of basal cell carcinoma sometimes looks like scar and it may be flesh color or brown color. The skin lesion may be flat.

Signs and symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma:

The common sites of squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma are generally same.  Sometimes the lesion of squamous cell carcinoma may be flat with scaly and crusted appearance.

Signs and symptoms of malignant melanoma:

Malignant melanoma is less common, but can occur in any part of skin. Malignant melanoma can also occur in any mole when it becomes cancerous. Malignant melanoma can occur in palms, finger, toes and soles also, especially among dark skin people. The melanoma looks like a brown color spot and have dark color speckles. If an existing mole become cancerous there may be changes in color, size and consistency and it may also bleed. In palms, nose, vagina, anus, soles, fingertips, toes, or on mucous membranes lining mouth, malignant melanoma appears as dark lesion. Malignant melanoma may appear as a small lesion with an irregular border and portions that appear red, white, blue or blue-black.

Signs and symptoms of less common skin cancers:

Sebaceous gland carcinoma: the origin of this cancer is sebaceous gland and they are aggressive type of skin cancer with poor prognosis. They appear as hard and painless nodule. They can occur in any part of skin where sebaceous glands are present. They may be mistaken as eyelid problem if they occur in eyelids.

Kaposi’s sarcoma: this is rare type of skin cancer and occurs in the blood vessels of skin. They appear as red/purple patch on skin/mucous membranes. Kaposi’s sarcoma is common among immune-compromised individuals such as suffering from AIDS or organ transplanted individuals in whom immunity is suppressed using immune suppressant drugs.

Merkel cell carcinoma: this is a rare form of skin cancer and appears as shiny and firm nodule. They occur in the hair follicles.

Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_cancer

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