Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. It often starts on the face because it’s usually the body part that’s exposed to the sun. Because of this, it is common for skin cancer to develop on the nose. The two most common types of skin cancer that develop on the nose are squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC). SCC typically grows more quickly than BCC — though both should be treated quickly. BCC is the most common type of skin cancer with about 80% of cases occurring on the face. Nearly 30% of those cases develop on the nose.
Melanoma — while less common than some other types of skin cancers — is considered the most dangerous type of skin cancer because it can quickly spread to other parts of the body if not caught and treated early. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops when melanocytes, which are the cells that give skin its tan or brown color, start to grow out of control. Melanomas can develop anywhere on the skin. The chest and back are the most common spots for melanomas to form while the legs are most common for women. The neck and face are other common sites.
Signs of skin and nose cancer
It is important to check yourself for any abnormalities or changes in your skin.
Basal cell Carcinoma
· An open sore that bleeds, oozes, or crusts and remains open for several weeks
· A shiny pink, red, pearly white, or translucent bump
· A reddish, raised patch or irritated area that may crust or itch, but rarely hurts
· A scar-like white, yellow, or waxy area with a poorly defined border
· A pink growth with an elevated border and crusted central indentation
Squamous cell carcinoma
· A wart-like growth
· A persistent, scaly patch with irregular borders that may bleed easily
· An open sore that persists for weeks
· A raised growth with a rough surface and a central depression
· A change in an existing mole
· The development of a new pigmented or unusual-looking growth on your skin
Keep an eye out for unusual moles that may indicate melanomas or other skin cancers. Remember ABCDE.
· A is for asymmetrical shape. Have moles that appear irregular in shape checked out by a doctor.
· B is for irregular borders. Irregular, notched, or scalloped borders are characteristics of melanomas.
· C is for change in color. Check for growths that have many colors or have an uneven distribution of color.
· D is for diameter. Moles that are larger than ¼ inch should be checked.
· E is for evolving. Look for changes over time such as a mole that grows in size or changes shape or color. Moles can also develop with new symptoms such as itchiness or bleeding.
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