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    Default symptons of skin cancer

    what are the symptons of skin cancer ? is these symptons are visible on the skin or not?

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    symptom of skin cancer is the most common form of human cancer. It is estimated that over 1 million new cases occur annually. The annual rates of all forms of skin cancer are increasing each year, representing a growing public concern. It has also been estimated that nearly half of all Americans who live to age 65 will develop skin cancer at least once.

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    I have searched the net and found this.

    Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer

    While some of the signs and symptoms for skin cancer vary according to skin cancer type, some are the same. One of the common factors is that skin cancers are most commonly found on areas of the skin that endure the most most sun exposure, such as the face, ears and hands. Malignant melanoma, however, does occur more frequently than other skin cancers in places on the body that are rarely if ever exposed. Malignant melanoma is one of the more uncommon skin cancers, yet it is by far the most dangerous. Melanoma kills someone in the United States every hour. There are certain signs of melanoma that you can watch for. Know your skin! Early detection is the key to early treatment and long-term survival of malignant melanoma. Here are some things to look for:

    * A new firm, fleshy bump.
    * Area with a waxy appearance.
    * A sore that does not heal.
    * A sore that oozes, crusts, or bleeds.
    * An area that looks like a scar that has not suffered an injury.
    * A raised lesion with a sunken area in the middle.
    * A rough, scaly bump.
    * Any change in an existing wart or mole.

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    i think the symptons of skin cancer is small blood vessels may be visible within the tumor.

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    Skin cancer develops primarily on areas of sun-exposed skin, including the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms and hands, and on the legs in women. But it can also form on areas that rarely see the light of day — your palms, beneath your fingernails, the spaces between your toes or under your toenails, and your genital area.

    Skin cancer affects people of all skin tones, including those with darker complexions. When melanoma occurs in those with dark skin tones, it's more likely to occur in areas not normally considered to be sun-exposed.

    A cancerous skin lesion can appear suddenly or develop slowly. Its appearance depends on the type of cancer.

    Basal cell carcinoma
    This is the most common skin cancer. It's also the most easily treated and the least likely to spread. Basal cell carcinoma usually appears as one of the following:
    A pearly or waxy bump on your face, ears or neck
    A flat, flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion on your chest or back

    Squamous cell carcinoma
    Squamous cell carcinoma is easily treated if detected early, but it's slightly more apt to spread than is basal cell carcinoma. Most often, squamous cell carcinoma appears as one of the following:
    A firm, red nodule on your face, lips, ears, neck, hands or arms
    A flat lesion with a scaly, crusted surface on your face, ears, neck, hands or arms

    This is the most serious form of skin cancer and the one responsible for most skin cancer deaths. Melanoma can develop anywhere on your body, in otherwise normal skin or in an existing mole that turns malignant. Melanoma most often appears on the trunk, head or neck of affected men. In women, this type of cancer most often develops on the arms or legs.

    Warning signs of melanoma include:
    A large brownish spot with darker speckles located anywhere on your body
    A simple mole located anywhere on your body that changes in color, size or feel or that bleeds
    A small lesion with an irregular border and red, white, blue or blue-black spots on your trunk or limbs
    Shiny, firm, dome-shaped bumps located anywhere on your body
    Dark lesions on your palms, soles, fingertips and toes, or on mucous membranes lining your mouth, nose, vagina and anus

    Less common skin cancers
    Other, less common types of skin cancer include:
    Kaposi sarcoma. This rare form of skin cancer develops in the skin's blood vessels and causes red or purple patches on the skin or mucous membranes. Like melanoma, it's a serious form of skin cancer. It's mainly seen in people with weakened immune systems, such as people with AIDS, and in people taking medications that suppress their natural immunity, such as people who've undergone organ transplants.
    Merkel cell carcinoma. In this rare cancer, firm, shiny nodules occur on or just beneath the skin and in hair follicles. The nodules may be red, pink or blue and can vary in size from a quarter of an inch (about 6 millimeters) to more than 2 inches (about 50 millimeters). Merkel cell carcinoma is usually found on sun-exposed areas on the head, neck, arms and legs. Unlike basal and squamous cell carcinomas, Merkel cell carcinoma grows rapidly and often spreads to other parts of the body.
    Sebaceous gland carcinoma. This uncommon and aggressive cancer originates in the oil glands in the skin. Sebaceous gland carcinomas — which usually appear as hard, painless nodules — can develop anywhere, but most occur on the eyelid, where they're frequently mistaken for benign conditions.

    Precancerous skin lesions, such as an actinic keratosis, also can develop into squamous cell skin cancer. Actinic keratoses appear as rough, scaly, brown or dark-pink patches. They're most commonly found on the face, ears, lower arms and hands of fair-skinned people whose skin has been damaged by the sun.

    Not all skin changes are cancerous. The only way to know for sure is to have your skin examined by your doctor or dermatologist.

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    * A small lump (spot or mole) that is shiny, waxy, pale in color, and smooth in texture.
    * A red lump (spot or mole) that is firm
    * A sore or spot that bleeds or become crusty. Also look for sores that don't heal.
    * Rough and scaly patches on the skin.
    * Flat scaly areas of the skin that are red or brown.
    * Any new growth that is suspicious

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    The symptoms of basal cell Carcinoma or Cancer can vary and may include skin changes such as:

    1. Red, tender, flat spot that bleeds easily.
    2. Small, fleshy bump with a smooth, pearly appearance, often with an indentation in the middle.
    3. Smooth, shiny bump that may look like a mole with change in its size, shape, or color.
    4. A bump that bleeds, itches, crusts over, and then repeats the cycle.
    5. Scarlike patch of skin, especially on the face, that is firm to the touch.
    6. Pearly bump with tiny blood vessels in a spiderlike appearance.

    The symptoms of squamous cell Carcinoma or Cancer include:

    1. Skin growth that looks like a wart.
    2. Persistent, firm, red bump on sun-exposed skin.
    3. Patch of skin that feels scaly, bleeds, or develops a crust, which may get bigger over a period of months and form a sore.
    4. Sore that does not heal or an area of thickened skin on the lower lip.

    The Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Symptoms involves

    1. Change in the skin, such as a growth.
    2. An irritation or sore that does not heal.
    3. A change in a wart or mole.

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    This is really interesting as i never knew what the systoms were!! Thank you everyone for your posts!!

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    Default symptons of skin cancer

    I agree with you Helen, and the doctors perhaps thought she was "too young" to get a melanoma.

    My sister died of a melanoma, so I have been aware of skin cancers for a long time.

    I get my GP to check my skin on a regular basis, particularly my back and parts I cant see and every so often go to a dermatologist. SG

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    The most known symptons of skin cancer are :

    • A small lump (spot or mole) that is shiny, waxy, pale in color, and smooth in texture.

    • A red lump (spot or mole) that is firm

    You can read more about it on Skin Care Symptons

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