Are you concerned that a change in a mole or a new spot may be an indication of skin cancer? Robert Siragusa, M.D. and Bret Johnson, M.D., your Panama City, FL, dermatologists at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center, are here to share several common skin cancer signs.
Skin cancer signs
If you have skin cancer, you may have one of three types: melanoma, basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma. You'll find common signs for each type below.
Squamous cell carcinoma
Signs of squamous cell carcinoma may include a small, rough, red knot or lump on your skin, or a scaly, crusty patch of reddened skin. These cancers often develop on the hands, face or ears.
Basal cell carcinoma
You may also notice a bump on your skin if you have basal cell carcinoma, but the bump will be waxy or pearly. Other possible signs of basal cell carcinoma include a brown lesion that looks like a scar or a flat lesion that is the same color as your skin. These cancers may bleed if you bump them or may eventually begin to ooze. Basal cell carcinomas are common on the head, neck and chest.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and can develop anywhere on your body. Melanoma signs include:
- Moles that develop irregular, rough or blurred borders
- Moles that are irregularly shaped instead of round
- A change in mole color
- Moles that are larger than the eraser at the end of a pencil
- Sores that don't heal
- Itchiness or pain in a mole
- Change in the texture of a mole
- Bleeding or oozing
- Redness or swelling surround a mole
When should I see my dermatologist?
If you notice any of these potential skin cancer signs, make an appointment with your Panama City, FL dermatologists. If they think the spot or mole is suspicious, your dermatologist will perform a biopsy to determine if it is cancerous. Skin cancer is treated by removing the mole or lesion and any surrounding cancerous tissue. In some cases, chemotherapy, radiation, photodynamic, biologic or targeted treatments may also be needed.
Contact Your Panama City, FL Dermatologist
A visit to your dermatologist is the best way to determine if a mole or lesion is cancerous. Call Drs. Siragusa and Johnson, your Panama City, FL, dermatologists at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center, at (850) 769-7546 to schedule a skin cancer examination.