Skin Cancer Symptoms

  • A sore that doesn’t heal
  • A mole or other growth you haven’t noticed before
  • Change in the border of a spot, spread of color, redness or swelling around the area.
  • A small, smooth, shiny, pale or waxy lump that may bleed
  • Large areas with oozing or crust
  • A flat red spot or a lump that is scaly or crusty
  • Itchiness, tenderness or pain from a mole or elsewhere on your skin
  • A brown or black colored spot with uneven edges

When looking at moles, remember the ABCDE rule: Asymmetry (one half of the mole doesn’t match the other), Border irregularity, Color that is not uniform, Diameter greater than 6 mm (about the size of a pencil eraser), and Evolving size, shape or color.

Talk with your health care professional if you notice any of these symptoms.