Being aware of any changes to your skin is the best way to aid in the early detection of skin cancer. The symptoms below are not always signs of skin cancer, but if you notice one or more of them for more than two weeks, talk to one of the skin cancer experts at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center.
The physical symptoms of skin cancer vary from person to person and by type. Symptoms may include:
There are several different types of skin cancer. The two most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. These are usually referred to as non-melanoma skin cancers.
The most serious type of skin cancer is melanoma. It is more likely than non-melanoma skin cancers to invade healthy tissue and spread to other parts of the body.
Melanomas usually occur on or around existing moles and can develop anywhere on your body, including areas that don’t receive a lot of sun exposure. The most common site in men is the back, while for women melanoma is found on the leg. Luckily, melanoma can be treated successfully if caught early.