Skin Cancer Symptoms


Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, can be detected by using the ABCDE warning signs. Look at your moles keeping these factors in mind:
  • Asymmetry – Is one half of a mole a significantly different shape or size than the other side?
  • Border – Does a mole have an irregular or uneven border?
  • Color – Are any of your moles unusually colored, or have they changed color recently?
  • Diameter – Do you have moles larger around than 2 mm, which is about the size of a pencil eraser?
  • Evolving – Do you have moles that are new or that have changed significantly?

Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas

Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, which are typically less serious forms of skin cancer, have similar symptoms. Keep an eye out for:

  • Raised bumps or nodules
  • Non-healing pimples or sores
  • Red, scaly patches with irregular borders
  • Pink growths
  • Lesions that are shiny or pearl-like in color or appearance
  • Lesions typically occur on the face, scalp, ears, chest and back
  • Wart-like growths that bleed or crust over

If you notice any of these warning signs, make an appointment with one of our dermatologists by calling (402) 933-0800.

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