Don’t ignore these warning signs & symptoms!
Abnormal skin changes can be an indicator that something is not quite right in your body. Skin changes can be a symptom of cancer, but if you detect your cancer symptoms early enough, you greatly improve your odds of surviving. Discover what to look for below, and remember: knowing and spotting cancer signs and symptoms early can save your life.
What To Look For:
- Check your moles, freckles, birthmarks, and other body markings for any ABCDE changes. (15)
- A – Asymmetrical: two halves of mole differ
- B – Border: rough uneven edges
- C – Color: multiple colors in the same patch or mole
- D – Diameter: larger than a pencil eraser (1/4 inches or 6 millimeters)
- E – Evolving: any new symptoms, including bleeding, itching, or crusting
- Painless, firm, dome-shaped bump, light pink or purple color, generally small like a bite but changing rapidly in size(114)
- Skin color becomes darker, ashy, yellowish, or pale (9)
- Excessive hair growth (9)
- Red, itchy skin (52)
- Sudden bleeding around moles blemishes (52)
- Thickening or hardening of skin (53)
- Blisters on face (54)
- Unexplained bruising or bright red spots appear (15)
- Scratch, skin ulcer, or mole with bleeding, crusts, or scabs not healing that ooze or do not heal (52)
- Sores or skin changes on the penis or vagina (55)
- Uneven texture and fatty under skin (56)
- Large mole (52)
Notice Something? Here’s What To Do Next:
- Should you spot any signs, consider them a “red flag”. It does not mean you have cancer. If signs do not disappear within one week, contact your medical team for a professional evaluation.