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skin cancer can be possible without itching?

By Anonymous October 22, 2014 - 8:06am
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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for your question regarding skin cancer symptoms.

There are three major types of skin cancer — basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

Itching is not a symptom of skin cancer.

Basal cell carcinoma usually occurs in sun-exposed areas of your body, such as your neck or face. It may appear as a pearly or waxy bump, or a flat, flesh colored or brown scar like lesion.

Often, squamous cell carcinoma occurs on sun-exposed areas of your body, such as your face, ears and hands. This type of skin cancer can appear as a firm, red nodule, or a flat lesion with a scaly, crusted surface.

Melanoma can develop anywhere on your body, in otherwise normal skin or in an existing mole that becomes cancerous. Warning signs include a mole that changes in color, size or feel, and bleeds. Lesions can appear as a large brownish spot with dark speckles, a small lesion with an irregular border and portions that appear red, white, blue or blue-black, or dark lesions on the palms, soles, fingertips or toes, or on mucous membranes lining the mouth, nose, vagina or anus.

Anonymous, if you are at all concerned about a lesion, please schedule an appointment to have it evaluated by your physician.


October 22, 2014 - 8:40am
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