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Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers

  • Posted: 01/11/2011

Symptoms of Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Skin Cancers

A change on the skin is the most common sign of skin cancer. This may be a new growth, a sore that doesn't heal, or a change in an old growth. Not all skin cancers look the same. Usually, skin cancer is not painful.

Common symptoms of basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer include:

A lump that is small, smooth, shiny, pale, or waxyA lump that is small, smooth, shiny, pale, or waxyA lump that is firm and redA lump that is firm and red
A sore or lump that bleeds or develops a crust or aA sore or lump that bleeds or develops a crust or a scabA flat red spot that is rough, dry, or scaly and mayA flat red spot that is rough, dry, or scaly and may become itchy or tender
A red or brown patch that is rough and scalyA red or brown patch that is rough and scaly