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Do not confuse it with a boil

Do not confuse it with a boil

Signs of non-melanoma skin cancer

Signs of non-melanoma skin cancer can vary depending on the type of skin cancer. There are two main types and corresponding signs:

Basal cell carcinoma:

  • A small, shiny, pearly, or waxy nodule that grows slowly.
  • An open wound or sore that does not heal and does not come back.
  • A pearly bump or red spot that spreads slowly.
  • Bleeding or crusting on the surface of the tumor.

Squamous cell carcinoma:

  • A red, scaly patch or rough patch on the skin.
  • An open wound that does not heal or return.
  • A raised, wart-like mass.
  • Bleeding or crusting on the surface of the tumor.

It is important to note that these signs can also be symptoms of other skin conditions. However, if you notice changes in your skin that do not heal or get worse, you should see a dermatologist to get an accurate diagnosis. Early detection and treatment are crucial to preventing the development of skin cancer.

Why can skin cancer be easily confused with a boil?

Non-melanoma skin cancer and keloids can have similar symptoms at first glance, which can quickly lead to confusion. Both melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer can appear as small bumps or lumps on the skin. This similarity in appearance can lead to confusion.

A boil often appears on the edge of the eyelid. On the other hand, non-melanoma skin cancer can occur in different parts of the body, including the face. Nodules around the eyes can be melanoma or non-melanoma skin cancer. The capillaries are painful, swollen, and red – unlike white melanoma, which causes no symptoms for a long time. This may mean that non-melanoma skin cancer is easier to overlook.

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