Cancer Signs & Symptoms: Skin Changes

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.

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