Recognizing the common early warning signs of basal cell carcinoma can be essential for ensuring timely treatment. When small skin cancers are quickly treated and removed, people may have far more positive prognoses.
Unfortunately, this type of cancer may look a lot like other common skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Open Sores That Won’t Heal
One of the most common signs of this illness is an open sore that refuses to heal. These sores may alternate between oozing and crusting over for weeks. They may even appear fully healed, only to start bleeding again with little provocation.
Red, Irritated Patches
Open, oozing sores are hardly the sole symptom of basal cell carcinoma. Evidence of this cancer may be as unobtrusive as a small patch of red, irritated skin.
These patches can itch, hurt and may even crust over from time to time. These areas may cause the individual no physical discomfort. They are often present just over the brow, on the forearms, shoulders, legs, face or chest.
White or Yellow, Waxy Scars
Scar-like blemishes that are waxy and either white or yellow may indicate the development of an invasive basal cell carcinoma. The affected area may sometimes appear shiny. The blemish may also have clearly defined borders.
Shiny Nodules or Bumps
New facial growths that appear bright, shiny or water-filled may need to be checked by licensed physicians right away. Certain bumps and nodules may signify skin cancer.
These blemishes may range in color from red, white, pink, yellow, brown or black and may show notable signs of rapid spreading.
Pink or Reddish Growths
It could be a good idea to check high-exposure areas on the body for pink or reddish growths. These growths could have rolled, elevated borders and fairly deep indentations that are crusted over.
As they increase in size, pink and red growths may also develop clusters of tiny blood vessels on their surfaces.
Receiving regular skin examinations can be a proactive approach to helping people protect their overall health.
Early Treatments for Basal Cell Carcinoma
The earlier that people get started with their treatments, the more treatment options they could invariably have.
At Real Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, Dr. Salerno and his medical team are specialists in assessing and removing skin cancer for patients in and around the Melbourne area. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.