According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 9,500 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each day. That’s an estimated one in five people in the that develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
Considered the most common cancer in the United States, skin cancer nonetheless remains undiagnosed for many people. And that is because, apart from its visible signs, not many people know about the hidden symptoms.
To ensure that our clients stay well-informed, Southern Dermatology has compiled a list of lesser-known symptoms of skin cancer.
Skin cancer is not just one disease. For the sake of convenience, we’re going to study the lesser-known symptoms of the most common types of cancer: melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma.
Lesser-Known Symptoms of Skin Cancer
– Actinic Cheilitis
Also known as Farmer’s Lip, this symptom is a devolved form of SCC, or squamous cell carcinoma. Identified through scaly, rough patches on the lower lip, these patches are often mistaken for severely chapped lips.
– Bowen’s Disease
An external type of SCC, this symptom may be mistaken as a patch of dry skin. But if it becomes scaly, red, sensitive, and crusty and starts spreading, it could lead to the condition worsening.
– Subungual Melanoma
A rare but deadly indicator of melanoma, subungual melanoma is more common in people of color. Indicated by a black or brown streak under your toenail or fingernail, this streak can grow in size, and can cause your nail to separate from the nail bed, leading to the skin darkening in areas near the nail. Usually thicker than a splinter, these lines are often mistaken for injuries or a result of trauma.
– Cutaneous Horn
This is a small, funnel-like growth (like a horn) that you might mistake for a small wart. If that’s the case, this may be a sign of a pre-cancerous condition that may be caused by SCC.
– Kaposi’s Sarcoma
Especially if you have a weaker immune system, you might need to keep an eye out for any severe allergic reactions or rashes that may cause purple or red patches to grow on the skin.
Although rare, these marks should nevertheless be considered a cause for concern.
Do You Need a Skin Check?
Whether you’re young or old, it’s never too late to have your skin seen to.
For a proper diagnosis, your first step should be to book a comprehensive skin check at Southern Dermatology. We offer skin cancer diagnosis checks to all in Lawrenceville, GA.
Book an appointment today and give your skin the attention it needs.