Basal cell carcinoma is the most prevalent and frequently occurring type of skin cancer. While it is an extremely rare occurrence for basal cell carcinoma to spread to other organs, it can cause disfigurement if it is not treated in its early stages. Successful treatment really depends on how quickly you recognize the symptoms as something of concern. By knowing the warning signs of basal cell carcinoma, you can know what to look for on your skin.
If you notice changing or abnormal spots, contact Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center to schedule your appointment with one of our medical team members. We can diagnose any issues and offer the most effective treatment options for your needs. We also recommend annual skin exams at our Windermere office as a method of prevention and early detection of skin cancer.
Sore That Won’t Heal
Most people notice a problem when they have a sore that just won’t heal. This open sore will bleed, crust over, and actually seem to be healing. Suddenly, the sore opens up again and starts oozing fluid. This is most often a sign of the very early stages of basal cell carcinoma. Whether this sore is on your face or your arm, it must be checked immediately.
Irritated Patch of Skin
In some instances, a small reddish patch of skin can be a warning sign of skin cancer. This patch of skin could be anywhere – the face, extremities, or chest. The patch may be itchy or even painful at times. You may even find that this particular spot seems to crust over periodically, only to go back to the reddish patch afterwards.
Shiny Nodule or Bump
You may suddenly notice that a small nodule or bump has appeared on your skin. The nodule could be shiny or pink, but also may be brown or black. Those that are a brown or black color are often confused with moles due to similar appearances. However, if you have what you think is a mole suddenly appear out of nowhere, it could be more than just a beauty mark and should be checked immediately.
Pink Colored Growth
It is also possible for basal cell carcinoma to show itself with a pink colored growth. The edges of this growth may actually be raised and uneven. As it grows, you may notice that it has a crusty center. These can be found just about anywhere on the body.
Scar-Like Patch of Skin
Another sign of basal cell carcinoma is the sudden appearance of a scar-like patch of skin. This “scar” will appear out of nowhere and continuously grow. The skin could appear white or yellow and have a waxy appearance. This is often the sign of a fast growing basal cell carcinoma.
Basal cell carcinoma can appear suddenly. Unfortunately, when it shows up, it is often not recognized. Ignoring the early warning signs and symptoms of any skin cancer could lead to disfiguring scars or worsening conditions. If you see a sudden change in your skin, it is important that you have it checked immediately. Contact Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center to speak to a member of our medical team. We are available to answer any questions you may have and to help you get a better understanding of the dangers and warning signs of basal cell carcinoma.