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What might skin cancer look like?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Growing sore
Skin cancer often begins as a small bump that looks like a “pimple that doesn’t go away”.
It gradually enlarges, and sometimes bleeds. The cancer may appear red, pearly, scaly, flesh-colored, or darker than the surrounding skin. If you have a growing spot that doesn't heal, you should see your dermatologist.

In brief: Growing sore
Skin cancer often begins as a small bump that looks like a “pimple that doesn’t go away”.
It gradually enlarges, and sometimes bleeds. The cancer may appear red, pearly, scaly, flesh-colored, or darker than the surrounding skin. If you have a growing spot that doesn't heal, you should see your dermatologist.
Dr. Margaret Mann
Dr. Margaret Mann
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: New lumps or bumps
Any new skin bump which is new, enlarging, and changing is concerning.
The older you are, and the more sun exposure you have had, the higher the risk of skin cancer. Melanomas risk is remembered as abcd: asymmetry, irregular borders, irregular coloration, diameter >6mm. If in doubt, have a doctor look at it.

In brief: New lumps or bumps
Any new skin bump which is new, enlarging, and changing is concerning.
The older you are, and the more sun exposure you have had, the higher the risk of skin cancer. Melanomas risk is remembered as abcd: asymmetry, irregular borders, irregular coloration, diameter >6mm. If in doubt, have a doctor look at it.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Many types
Depends on the type of skin cancer: basal cell, squamous cell, melanoma, dermatofibrisarcoma, etc.
They may look like a pimple, mole, ulcer, scar, nodule, plaque, rash, pigmented, colored, etc. Appearance as well as behavior and history and location are important pieces of information that contribute to the assessment.

In brief: Many types
Depends on the type of skin cancer: basal cell, squamous cell, melanoma, dermatofibrisarcoma, etc.
They may look like a pimple, mole, ulcer, scar, nodule, plaque, rash, pigmented, colored, etc. Appearance as well as behavior and history and location are important pieces of information that contribute to the assessment.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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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
Dr. Travis Kidner
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