What Are the Early Signs of Skin Cancer?

It is important to be aware of the early signs of skin cancer in order to prevent it from worsening and potentially spreading throughout your body. 

Below are a few signs of skin cancer to check for on a regular basis. 

Where Can Skin Cancer Develop?

Cancer of the skin is most common to present on the areas of the skin which are exposed to sunlight. 

This includes the scalp, face, chest, arms, hands, and more. 

However, skin cancer can also present on areas that are not privy to seeing the sun including the palms, underneath the fingernails or even the genital region. 

Signs of Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma often presents on the face, neck and other sun-exposed locations. 

Signs of this cancer type are a waxy small bump, a flat scar-like area, or a sore that bleeds and scabs and returns. 

Signs of Squamous Cell Carcinoma

This cancer is common on sun-exposed areas such as the hands, ears, and face and presents most often in those with darker skin. 

A sign of squamous cell carcinoma is a firm red area or a flat lesion with a scaly texture. 

Signs of Melanoma

Melanoma can present anywhere on the body. 

Symptoms of melanoma include a large dark spot, a change in mole color or texture, a painful or itchy lesion, and more. 

When to See a Doctor

If you notice any changes in your skin that are concerning it is important that you seek the services of a doctor as soon as possible. 

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Acworth Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center operates under the direction of Johnathan L. Chappell, MD.

Dr. Chappell is not only a board-certified dermatologist, but he is also a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon. To schedule a consultation at Acworth Dermatology today call us at (678)505-8030.