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What are the first visible signs of cancer tumor that reaches the skin? does it start with a small mark? what color? how does it look? does it hurt?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Unfortunately, a lot of times there is no telling that a skin lesion has developed into cancer. Things you want to look for is change in size and color, appearance of increase capillary network around the lesion, symptoms like discomfort (prickling, burning, etc.). If you have those and especially the lesion is dark, you must have it checked. If you don't have those but still in doubt, do the same.

Answered Jul 12, 2013

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Dr. Coyle Connolly answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Skin cancer signs may include a spot or bump that is changing size, color, or shape. Also an area that does not heal may represent a skin cancer . At times a skin cancer may itch or hurt . See a dermatologist for any suspicious areas and a routine skin exam

Answered Jan 2, 2015

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