Skin Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

13. What are the symptoms of skin cancer?

Skin cancer is usually visible. Changes in your skin, such as lumps, scabs, red spots, rough patches, or new or irregular moles should be reported to your doctor. You should also see a doctor if you have a mole, birthmark, or other pigmented area of skin that can be classified by the ABCD symptom system. ABCD stands for

A = asymmetry (one half of the mole looks different than the other half)
B = borders that are irregular
C = color changes or more than one color
D = diameter greater than the size of a pencil eraser

Other symptoms of skin cancer include a bleeding mole or the appearance of more moles around the first one.