A change on the skin is the most common sign or symptom of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma. Dr. Patel, can you tell us what kind of changes to look for?
Of course, Dr. Mayzik. Skin changes that may indicate basal cell carcinoma, or BCC, include:
- A sore that doesn't heal
- A new growth or a change in an old growth
- A red, flat spot that is dry, rough, or scaly, and itchy or tender
- A small, smooth, pale, or waxy lump
- A red, firm lump
- A lump or sore that bleeds or develops a scab or a crust
- A red or brown patch that is rough and scaly, and
- A flat, flesh-colored or brown scar-like growth
Regularly checking your skin for suspicious changes can help detect basal cell skin cancer in its earliest stages and gives the greatest chance for successful treatment. If you find something suspicious, it’s important to contact your provider immediately.