Early detection is valuable in successfully treating skin cancer. Regular full body screening is also recommended. A biopsy is performed to properly diagnose suspected cancerous growths.

Skin cancer can often be identified as a new or changed growth on the skin that often occurs on the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms, hands or legs. The look of the growth depends on the type of cancer, but it may appear as:

  • Pearly or waxy bump
  • Flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion
  • Firm, red nodule
  • Crusted, flat lesion
  • Large brown spot with darker speckles
  • Mole that changes shape or color
  • Shiny, firm bumps