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What does skin cancer look like?
What Does Skin Cancer Looks Like?

The most common warning sign of skin cancer is a change to your skin. This change can take many different forms, below are some of the most common visual aspects.

Some things to look for:

A mole that has begun to grow, bleed, or itch.

Translucent pearl-shaped growth.

Mole with any of these features: Asymmetrical shape, irregular borders , variations in color or overall size is larger than a pencil eraser .
Sores that don't quite heal or sores that repeatedly heal and reopen.

Cluster of shiny or scaly lesions that are brown, pink or red.

Brown or black streak underneath a nail.
Flat or slightly depressed lesion that feels hard to the touch

Smooth, waxy, scar-like lesions.

To help you better identify the forms that skin cancer may take, the links below will take you to pages that describe the most common types of skin cancer and show photographs of each.

If you notice a mark, mole, freckle or lesion on your skin that resembles any of examples shown on this page, make an appointment with a physician immediately. There's no reason to delay. When diagnosed early skin cancer can have a 95% cure rate.

Examples of Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
Basal cell carcinoma Basal cell carcinoma Basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma

Examples of Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)

Squamous cell carcinoma Squamous cell carcinoma Squamous cell carcinoma Squamous cell carcinoma
Examples of Melanoma
Malignant Melanoma Malignant Melanoma Malignant Melanoma Malignant Melanoma

This website exists to spread awareness of skin cancer risks, detection and early prevention. It contains the opinions of one doctor and is not a substitute for the advice or care of your physician.
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