Skin cancer

Skin cancers can be treated effectively if you see your dermatologist sooner rather than later. If you notice a new spot or bump on your skin that isn’t going away, it’s time to see your local board certified dermatologist to make sure you don’t have skin cancer. Clues to whether you may have skin cancer:

  • You have a rash, bump, or spot that doesn’t go away
  • You have a mole that’s changing color, shape, growing
  • You have a mole or a bump that bleeds, is painful or itchy
  • You’re not sure if that mole was there before
  • You have a history of blistering sunburns, suntans, or tanning bed use and have noticed an unusual mole or spot on your skin
  • You smoke and you’ve noticed a rapidly growing bump on your skin or around or in your mouth
  • You have a family history of skin cancer a lots of unusual looking moles and one of your moles is changing

Generally, anything new, changing, growing, or symptomatic (itchy, bleeding, scabbing, crusting, painful) should be checked by your dermatologist.

The three most common kinds of skin cancer are basal cell skin cancer, squamous cell skin cancer, and melanoma, discussed on the other pages, but there are other more uncommon kinds of skin cancer. Please see your local board certified dermatologist immediately if you are suspicious or have any new “bumps or spots.”