Skin Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Warning signs of skin cancer

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Warning signs of skin cancer

Knowledge and awareness are important tools to protect yourself from skin cancer. This includes:


  • Learning the warning signs and symptoms of skin cancer
  • Being aware of how your skin normally looks and feels
  • Having your skin checked at least once a year by a physician
  • Knowing what to do if you’re experiencing skin cancer symptoms


At Scripps, we understand the importance of early detection, and help equip our patients and the community with the most valuable information. Keep reading to learn more about symptoms specific to a few different types of skin cancer.

Skin cancer signs and symptoms

Symptoms of skin cancer can vary depending on the specific type, including:


  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Melanoma

How to handle the warning signs

Having any of these signs or symptoms does not mean you have skin cancer. Allergic reactions, bumps and bruises may cause similar symptoms, and many skin spots are harmless. But it’s a good idea to call your doctor right away if you notice unusual changes on your skin, especially on your head, face, neck and arms. It’s important to find out what’s causing these changes, and if you do have skin cancer, early detection can make treatment easier and more successful.