Even though melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, the non-melanoma skin cancer symptoms should not be ignored. If basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma are not diagnosed and treated early on, they may be fatal as well. It should not be difficult for a person to recognise the symptoms of these serious conditions. The task requires careful observation and monitoring, but it is not challenging at all.
Skin Cancer Symptoms: Basal Cell Carcinoma
This condition is unfortunately very common, but the good news is that its symptoms are hard to ignore. It is characterised by skin growths which are typically reddish patches or pearl shaped lumps which can have pink, red or brown colour. These growths usually appear on the areas of the skin which get the most sun such as the face and the arms.
Sores which do not heal are other common skin cancer symptoms. They can be pink or red in colour. They may grow in groups. A cancerous sore will bleed and may eventually heal, but it will come back again. The basal cell carcinoma may also appear as a scar. The scar has a waxy surface in most cases and has a tan, white or yellow colour. Alternatively, a flat or sunken hard growth may appear.
Skin Cancer Symptoms: Squamous Cell Carcinoma
This type of cancer has similar symptoms, but it can be more dangerous than its counterpart if left untreated. This is because it tends to grow deeply into the skin and is more likely to spread to other organs of the body. Its most common symptom is a reddish bump or patch. It often crusts and may become scaly as well. You may notice that it grows over time even though its size does not change dramatically.
The cancerous growth may be perfectly round and rise considerably above the skin. It can be scaly and/or crusty as well. The growth can be in the form of a sore which is bleeding and itching and returning constantly even though it may have healed almost completely.
It is not uncommon for squamous cell carcinoma to affect the lips. When this is the case, a scaly patch may appear on the affected lip. Sometimes, there is not a clearly defined patch but just thicker and harder skin.
The non-melanoma skin cancer symptoms are many and different and it may be difficult to memorise all of them. That is why the best thing which you can do is get regular checks.