Learn To Spot Common Skin Cancer Symptoms (Updated 2024)

Dermatology Associates of Rochester

Skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the United States. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), approximately 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer daily in the United States.

However, what many people don’t realize is that skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. That’s why it’s essential to learn to spot common skin cancer symptoms—and visit our team of board-certified medical dermatologists for regular screenings.

How to spot skin cancer infographic

Image Provided by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

Check Your Skin Regularly

Skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body, from the scalp to the soles of the feet. To detect skin cancer early, it is best to get into the habit of checking your skin regularly to identify any changes. You should look out for features such as:

  • Irregular growth
  • Scaly patches
  • A non-healing sore
  • A sore that heals and returns
  • Itching and bleeding
  • Changes in shape
  • Anything that appears suspicious

What Are the ABCDE(s) of Skin Cancer?

Dermatologists developed the ABCDEs of skin cancer to help patients with at-home detection of cancerous moles or spots. If you observe any of these symptoms, we encourage you to reach out to us for a screening. The ABCDEs of skin cancer stand for:

A: Asymmetry (one half of the mole does not match the other)

B: Border irregularity (the edges are ragged, notched, or blurred)

C: Color (multiple colors in one mole or color varies in one area from another)

D: Diameter (melanomas are usually larger than 6 mm but can be smaller)

E: Evolution (change in shape, size, or color of mole; looks different from other moles)

Read our related blog post to learn more about melanoma, skin cancer, and treatment options.

We’re Here To Help: Schedule Your Screening

According to Nurse Practitioner Brittané Fetterman, “Most skin cancers are highly treatable when detected early. A full skin exam with a dermatology provider is a quick and easy way to be screened for skin cancer and potentially find it in an early, treatable stage.”

If you’re concerned about a mole, or simply want to be proactive about your skin health, we encourage you to request a consultation or call our office today at (585) 272-0700 to speak with one of our dermatology experts. We’re here to help you ensure your skin stays healthy and happy.

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