Use these basal cell carcinoma pictures to help identify skin cancer.
As you continue down the page you'll also see squamous cell carcinoma pictures and even melanoma pictures.
Always keep in mind that skin cancer may not appear exactly as shown in a photo. Always have it checked out right away by a skin cancer dermatologist.
Usually basal cell cancer grows slowly, is not life threatening and doesn’t spread to other parts of the body. However it can cause you a problem in the immediate area. The problem being that the growth tends to grow downward and outward under the surface of the skin without being seen.
Therefore the longer it is left growing, results in a longer and deeper incision to remove the cancerous cells. Mohs surgery is recommended for complete removal and better cosmetic appearance.
Look closely at the basal cell carcinoma photos below and use these pictures as a guide to identify skin cancer, even before it looks like this.
Use the Five Signs of Skin Cancer (A-B-C-D-E) to identify basal cell carcinoma Learn here
Do a self-skin exam regularly to detect new spots or changes in old ones.
Note how these three all appear different, yet they are all basal cell carcinoma.
Never take any changes on your skin lightly, even other types of skin cancer can look similar to what you see in these basal cell carcinoma pictures and all should be regarded as suspicious.
Have it checked out by a qualified skin cancer professional dermatologist.
Hopefully you can detect it before it shows so much change, as these do.
The good news is that it is still completely removable.
But don't put if off!
You might be shocked when you see the length of the incision the mohs surgeon needs to make to follow its growth and remove 100%.
My personal experience having three of them removed required about a 2-3 inch length incision and fortunately they healed and left no scar.
That may not always be the case, so again, don't wait to have a dermatologist check you out.
Squamous cell skin cancer is the second most common of all skin cancers and can start as a precancerous condition called Actinic Keratosis, which is simply sun damage (shown here).
Often you may not know it's there unless you rub your finger across it and feel it.
It is a dry, scaly condition that feels rough to the touch.
A dermatologist can remove this easily by freezing it with liquid nitrogen.
Squamous cell carcinoma is usually found on areas that are exposed to the sun the most ...like the face, top of head, ears and neck area.
Look at this one on top of the head.
It probably went undetected for a while and for sure, it started out as simple sun damage.
Being right on top of his head, it was not easily seen in the mirror and had time to grow ...too much time!
These squamous cell carcinoma photos are all visual images of what squamous cell cancer can look like.
No skin cancer is limited to any pictures shown as examples. You could have squamous cancer, yet it appears similar to what you see in basal cell carcinoma pictures.
If you should ever encounter a lump just under the surface of your skin and not on the top layer, still consider it a concern and have it checked out immediately.
How do I know?
It happened to me.
Squamous cell carcinoma started under the surface on my neck and eventually spread internally to my tonsils and showing tumors on both sides of my neck (stage 4).
This is important for you, see a doctor right away and you may need to request a second opinion or a biopsy.
Melanoma is the third most common skin cancer. It could be a small spot as you see in the photo.
It poses the biggest threat to your life.
It can appear any place on your body and look innocent, yet it may already be traveling deep inward to lymphnoids and internal organs.
You can play a major role in detecting this by doing self-skin exams and using the five signs of skin cancer.
You really shouldn't hesitate whenever you see something questionable or suspicious on your skin to see a skin cancer dermatologist.
Melanoma usuallly appears as a mole or a freckle. It can be an old one or a new one, in either case be watching for changes. You may save your life!
You don't need to become an expert and be able to determine what type of skin cancer you may see. Let your skin cancer specialist do that!
You've seen basal cell carcinoma pictures, squamous cell cancer images ...and now pictures of melanoma skin cancer.
You should be more aware at this point, so now the best thing you can do is to get anything on your skin looked at that is new or questionable.
By looking at these pictures alone, it should make you motivated enough to prevent totally ...or detect early any skin cancer, so you don't have to risk your life and/or undergo extensive treatments.
Apart from all the damage and danger of losing your life when melanoma appears on your skin, it can also be in your eye.
Melanoma of the eye is rare.
Shown above are the most common types of skin cancer, starting with the basal cell carcinoma pictures. All of the images of the common skin cancers are samples of what skin cancer could look like. Use it as a guide.
There are rare types of skin cancer not shown here, and the one common ground is that they all appear on the skin.
When you see anything new appearing on your skin, see a skin cancer dermatologist right away.
Do not put it off; it could be costly!
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"MELANOMA : “NO BIG DEAL ” IT'S JUST SKIN CANCER!
Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick
Scared to Death!!! - by Shelly
Our Cancer Stories are so similar, mine and Gary's! - by Valerie
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The Weather Channel has done well posting this information and photos to help you spot skin cancer, including melanoma.
It can be hard to spot, even for a professional.
The bottom line is to get an expert's opinion about any suspicious mole or lesion on your skin. If necessary, get a second opinion and/or request a biopsy. it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Don’t put your very life at risk!