Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma symptoms and FAQs

Symptoms of basal cell carcinoma

  • Flat, firm, pale or yellow areas, similar to a scar.
  • Raised reddish patches that might be itchy.
  • Small, pink or red, translucent, shiny, pearly bumps, which might have blue, brown, or black areas.
  • Pink growths with raised edges and a lower area in their center, which might contain abnormal blood vessels spreading out like the spokes of a wheel.
  • Open sores which may have oozing or crusted areas that don’t heal, or that heal and then come back.

Symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma

  • Rough or scaly red patches, which might crust or bleed.
  • Raised growths or lumps, sometimes with a lower area in the center.
  • Open sores which may have oozing or crusted areas that don’t heal, or that heal and then come back.
  • Wart-like growths.

Questions and answers (FAQs)

Why is squamous cell cancer so common?

Because it is caused by genetic mutations that occur from repeated exposure to the UV radiation from the sun. Most people leave some parts of their skin exposed to the sun on a regular basis.

Is squamous cell cancer curable?

Yes, when detected early and treated properly.

Can squamous cell carcinoma turn into melanoma?

No, they involve different types of cells.

How long does it take for basal cell carcinoma to spread?

This type of skin cancer spreads very slowly, and typically does not metastasize to other parts of the body. It can cause complications so proper treatment is necessary.