Updated 26 May 2015

Symptoms of skin cancer

A change on the skin is the most common sign of skin cancer.

A change on the skin is the most common sign of skin cancer. This may be a new growth, a sore that doesn't heal, or a change in an old growth.

Skin changes to watch for:

- Small, smooth, shiny, pale, or waxy lump
- Firm, red lump
- Sore or lump that bleeds or develops a crust or a scab
- Flat red spot that is rough, dry, or scaly and may become itchy or tender
- Red or brown patch that is rough and scaly

Read more:

Types of skin cancer

Risks factors for skin cancer

Preventing skin cancer


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