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What are the signs of skin cancer?|
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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
12 doctors agree
In brief: New or changes
Get to know your skin by self-exam at least once a month.
Look for new lesions or changes in pre-existing ones (color, shape, size, itches or hurts or bleeds). Some skin cancers start out by looking like a pimple but a pimple will go away, a skin cancer won't. If a lesion continues to persist or get bigger over a period of a month or 2, you should get it looked at by a dermatologist.

In brief: New or changes
Get to know your skin by self-exam at least once a month.
Look for new lesions or changes in pre-existing ones (color, shape, size, itches or hurts or bleeds). Some skin cancers start out by looking like a pimple but a pimple will go away, a skin cancer won't. If a lesion continues to persist or get bigger over a period of a month or 2, you should get it looked at by a dermatologist.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Skin cancer signs
Something that is new on your skin and doesn't go away in four weeks, something that is old but changes in color, shape, symmetry, irregular border, itches or hurts more than an occasional day, bleeds, or just looks unusual to you.
..These are all signs of possible skin cancer. Many non-cancerous lesions can show these changes but show it to a dermatologist for early diagnosis, just in case!

In brief: Skin cancer signs
Something that is new on your skin and doesn't go away in four weeks, something that is old but changes in color, shape, symmetry, irregular border, itches or hurts more than an occasional day, bleeds, or just looks unusual to you.
..These are all signs of possible skin cancer. Many non-cancerous lesions can show these changes but show it to a dermatologist for early diagnosis, just in case!
Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: New, enlarging bumps
Melanoma is the most dangerous skin cancer.
We talk about the abcd's. A-asymmetry, b-irregular borders, c-changes in color, d-diameter over 6mm. If you lesion has any of those findings, get it checked out. There are other skin cancers types as well. If you any concern, go see your local doctor for evaluation.

In brief: New, enlarging bumps
Melanoma is the most dangerous skin cancer.
We talk about the abcd's. A-asymmetry, b-irregular borders, c-changes in color, d-diameter over 6mm. If you lesion has any of those findings, get it checked out. There are other skin cancers types as well. If you any concern, go see your local doctor for evaluation.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: Varies
There are several different types of skin cancers.
Squamous cell the skin begins as a small nodule and as it enlarges the center becomes necrotic and sloughs and the nodule turns into an ulcer. Basal cell patients present with a shiny, pearly nodule. Melanoma patients have an irregularly appearing pigmented lesion.

In brief: Varies
There are several different types of skin cancers.
Squamous cell the skin begins as a small nodule and as it enlarges the center becomes necrotic and sloughs and the nodule turns into an ulcer. Basal cell patients present with a shiny, pearly nodule. Melanoma patients have an irregularly appearing pigmented lesion.
Dr. Travis Kidner
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