Symptoms of Skin Cancer
In case of BCC, a smooth, raised, pearly bump on neck, shoulders or part of the head exposed to the sun may be observed. A few blood vessels may be seen in the tumor. The lesion may take on the form of a central depression which has crusted with frequent bleeding. An SCC appears as a well defined, reddish, scaling, thickened patch on skin which has been exposed to the sun. It may bleed and ulcerate. It can develop into a big mass if it is left untreated.
Malignant melanoma, the most dangerous, appears as brownish or blackish colored lesions. The warning signs for skin cancers include changes in the shape, size, elevation or color of a mole. A new mole has developed in adulthood accompanied by pain, ulceration; itching or bleeding should not be treated lightly and be reported to a doctor. Malignant melanoma can be identified by following ABCD – asymmetry, irregular border, color, and diameter (cancerous moles are generally 6mm or more in diameter).