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What are symptoms of basal cell carcinoma?

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Basal cell carcinoma can look different. You may notice a skin growth in a dome shape that has blood vessels in it. It can be pink, brown, or black.

At first, a basal cell carcinoma comes up like a small "pearly" bump that looks like a flesh-colored mole or a pimple that doesn’t go away. Sometimes these growths can look dark. Or you may also see shiny pink or red patches that are slightly scaly.

Another symptom to watch out for is a waxy, hard skin growth.

Basal cell carcinomas are also fragile and can bleed easily.

From: Basal Cell Carcinoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Skin Cancer: Basal and Squamous Cell."

National Cancer Institute: ''Treatment Options for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer.''

Medscape: "Basal Cell Carcinoma."

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "Basal Cell Carcinoma."

Cancer Research UK: "How does UV cause skin cancer."

Harvard Health Letter: "Recognizing and treating basal cell carcinoma."

Skin Cancer Foundation: "Step by Step Self-Examination."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 2, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Skin Cancer: Basal and Squamous Cell."

National Cancer Institute: ''Treatment Options for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer.''

Medscape: "Basal Cell Carcinoma."

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "Basal Cell Carcinoma."

Cancer Research UK: "How does UV cause skin cancer."

Harvard Health Letter: "Recognizing and treating basal cell carcinoma."

Skin Cancer Foundation: "Step by Step Self-Examination."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 2, 2018

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