What are the different forms of skin cancers?

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Apr 1, 2017

Skin cancers can appear in a variety of forms, are usually painless and grow slowly.


Different kinds of skin cancers and their symptoms are :-

Basal cell carcinoma
Usually occurs in the sun exposed parts of the body and may appear as pearly or waxy bumps, flesh coloured or brown flat lesions.

Squamous cell carcinoma
Occurs on sun exposed areas, however people with darker skin often develop this on areas that are not exposed to the sun. They appear as firm red nodules or as flat lesions with a scaly, crusted surface.

Can develop anywhere on the body. Symptoms include large brown spots with dark speckles. Often moles that change in colour, size or bleed are symptoms of this type of cancer. Sometimes symptoms appear as lesions on palms, soles, finger tips or mucous membrane lining of mouth and nose.

Kaposi Sarcoma
This rare form of skin cancer develops in the skins blood vessels and causes red or purple patches on the skin or mucous membranes.

Merkel cell carcinoma
Symptoms include firm shiny nodules that occur on or just beneath the skin and hair follicles.

Sebaceous gland carcinoma
They usually appear as hard painless nodules and mostly develop on the eyelids.

Not all changes occurring in the skin may necessarily be cancerous. However a doctor must be consulted if any unusual changes in the skin that persist over a month are noticed.