Skin Cancer

Recognising the Less Well Known Signs of Skin Cancer

By June 6, 2018 January 28th, 2020 No Comments
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You may already be aware of some of the possible signs of skin cancer, but there are many different ways that it can affect your skin. Skin cancer comes in several different forms, including the melanoma that mainly affects moles and non-melanoma skin cancers that can appear as unusual lumps, bumps or patches on the skin. Skin cancer can usually be treated with mole removal and other therapies by dermatologists in London as long as the problem is spotted early.

Moles and Skin Cancer

The most well known signs of skin cancer are those that affect moles. You should consult a dermatologist if you notice:

  • A new mole that has appeared suddenly
  • Changes in the size, shape, colour or appearance of the mole

The doctor will be able to confirm whether there is a risk of melanoma and to perform a mole removal in London if necessary.

Other Signs of Skin Cancer

Skin cancer doesn’t always affect moles and it can also cause symptoms such as:

  • Itchiness: an itchy mole or patch on your skin could be a sign of trouble if there is no apparent cause (like an insect bite) and the feeling doesn’t go away.
  • Scabbing or bleeding: crusty or bleeding areas on your skin could be caused by basal cell carcinomas or other forms of skin cancer, especially if the problem doesn’t heal quickly.
  • Lumps and bumps: any growth on the skin should be checked by a dermatologist as it could be caused by a non-melanoma skin cancer. It could be a raised pinkish lump, a pearly growth, a scaly patch, or something that looks like a spot or ulcer but which doesn’t clear up by itself.
  • Dark spots under your nails: a dark spot under your fingernail or toenail could actually be a sign of melanoma if it isn’t caused b bleeding after an injury or it lasts longer than a couple of weeks.

If you notice any of these symptoms or any other changes on your skin that last longer than a few weeks, it is a good idea to see a dermatologist in London. The doctor will be able to identify the cause and advise you on treatment options such as mole removal.