What does skin cancer look like


Some instances of common skin lumps are as follows:

Actinic keratosis (AK) 

Actinic keratosis, also known as solar keratosis, appears as a red or pink rough patch of skin on sun-exposed areas of the body. Exposure to UV light in the sun causes them to develop. This is the most common type of precancer, and it can proceed to squamous cell carcinoma if left untreated.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) 

The most common type of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma, which accounts for over 90% of all skin cancer cases. Basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing cancer that seldom spreads to other parts of the body. It is most common in the head and neck. A elevated, pearly or waxy pink hump with a dimple in the center emerges on the skin. Translucent skin can also be caused by blood vessels near the surface.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)

Skin cancer that affects cells in the epidermis’ outer layer is known as squamous cell carcinoma. It is frequently more aggressive than basal cell carcinoma and can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. On sun-exposed areas like the hands, head, neck, lips, and ears, it commonly appears as red, scaly, and rough skin lesions. Similar red spots could be caused by squamous cell carcinoma in situ (Bowen’s disease), the earliest form of squamous cell cancer.