What Skin Cancer Looks Like

The most common warning sign of skin cancer is a change to your skin. A change is often most noticeable as something growing on the skin. This growth can take many forms as the following pictures show.

Melanoma can begin in a mole or appear as a new skin growth on the skin.

  basal cell skin cancer

squamous cell skin cancer
Squamous cell skin cancer can grow quickly as did the one on this man's scalp.

  Basal cell skin cancer, the most common type of skin cancer, developed on this man's nose.

(Photos used with permission of the American Academy of Dermatology National Library of Dermatologic Teaching Slides)

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actinic keratoses on the skin

Many people who have spent years in the sun get actinic keratoses (AKs). This man has several AKs on his face.

Anyone who has AKs should be under the care of a dermatologist. An AK occasionally turns into a type of skin cancer called squamous (skwey mus) cell carcinoma (car-suh-noh-muh).

Actinic Keratoses: What They Look Like





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