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Symptoms and Types of Skin Cancer

The most common symptom of skin cancer is a change to your skin. The symptoms of skin cancer depend on the type. The three most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Symptoms of skin cancer will vary depending on the type. Please consult your healthcare provider if you notice any of the following symptoms:

Basal cell carcinoma symptoms – the most common type of skin cancer

Squamous cell carcinoma symptoms – a common type of skin cancer that is caused from too much sun, exposure to radiation, or burns

Melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer and often appears in an existing mole or looks like a new mole

An easy way to remember the symptoms of melanoma is to remember the A,B,C,D and Es of skin cancer.

A – asymmetrical (is it shaped irregularly)
B – border (is the border jagged)
C – color (is the mole darker in some areas)
D – diameter (is it larger than the size of a pea)
E – evolving (has it changed in the last few weeks or months)