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Early Stage Skin Cancer Photos

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While melanoma is the most common type of cancer, early detection can play a large role in both diagnosis and treatment. And while you can get skin exams from your healthcare provider, many medical experts also recommend routine self-exams. This can help you establish what is normal for your body, as well as notice any changes that occur over time. What are some warning signs that you should know? We’ve compiled a list of quick facts, along with a series of early stage skin cancer photos, to help you make proper assessments.

ABCDE Rule for Melanoma

The ABCDE rule is a quick mnemonic to help you remember the most common signs of melanoma. ABCDE stands for:

  • Asymmetry (irregular, asymmetrical markings)
  • Borders (ragged, notched, blurred edges)
  • Color (mottled color, patches of discoloration)
  • Diameter (markings larger than ¼ inch across)
  • Evolving (changing in shape, size, color)

Basal Cell vs. Squamous Cell

The signs of Basal cell and Squamous cell carcinomas are different, though both are typically found on areas of the body that get more sun exposure. Here are the common signs:

Basal cell carcinoma

  • Scar-like areas that are firm, flat, and pale
  • Raised red itchy patches
  • Translucent shiny or pearl-like bumps with discoloration
  • Pink growths with raised edges and abnormal blood vessels
  • Open sores that don’t heal properly

Squamous cell carcinoma

  • Rough or scaly red patches
  • Raised growths or lumps
  • Wart-like growths
  • Open sores that don’t heal properly

When to Call the Doctor

As you can see from these early stage skin cancer photos, skin cancers may appear with very different symptoms from one patient to another. If you notice anything unusual, it’s always a good idea to check with your medical provider. Not only can this help you catch skin cancer early, but it can also help you determine what’s normal and abnormal for your body. Visit your doctor if any of the following changes occur:

  • New spots
  • Sores that don’t heal
  • New redness or swelling on moles
  • Color that spreads past the border of a mole
  • Recurrent or persistent itching, pain, and/or soreness 
  • Changes in mole appearance

Find Out More with GentleCure

For more information about skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, feel free to browse our Frequently Asked Questions and contact our skin cancer information specialists. You can reach GentleCure at 855-936-4411 to start a conversation today.

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