Skin Cancer

12 Symptoms of Skin Cancer you should never ignore

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Posted 16/04/19

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are approximately 132,000 cases of melanoma and 2 to 3 million non-melanoma skin cancers diagnosed worldwide annually. However, melanomas that are detected early are almost 100% treatable. It is when melanomas are left undetected and untreated that they can spread and become fatal.

Pay attention to these 12 symptoms, any of which you should consider as very serious:

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

These types of skin cancers will present as:

  • Shiny or waxy bumpys
  • Flat, firm or pale patches of skin
  • Scar-like lesions that may be brown or skin toned
  • Hard, red nodules
  • Flat, rough, crusty or scaly lesions


Melanoma may present as:

  • New or evolving spots that change in size, shape or color
  • Moles or lesions that have a different appearance from others on your body
  • Large, speckled brown spots
  • Small lesions that are red, blue or black (or a combination of colors) and have blurry or irregular edges
  • Dark lesions on the fingertips or palms, toes or soles of feet, or in the mouth

Less common cancerous skin conditions

Symptoms of lesser-known skin cancers include:

  • Shiny or firm nodules can indicate Merkel Cell or Sebaceous Gland Carcinomas
  • Red or Purple patches of skin can indicate Kaposi Sarcoma

If you notice any of these symptoms you should see your dermatologist or schedule a Skin Surveillance Program appointment with MoleSafe as soon as you can. Delaying a skin exam, especially if you are at higher risk of skin cancer, may have serious or deadly consequences. Make sure you have your skin assessed on a regular basis to ensure early detection of skin cancer.