Find out about possible symptoms of non melanoma skin cancer and when to see your doctor.
A spot or sore
Spots and sores are common. But if you have one that doesn’t heal within 4 weeks, get it checked.
Also, look out for a spot or sore that hurts, is itchy, crusty, scabs over or bleeds for more than 4 weeks.
Look out for an area of skin that's broken down (an ulcer) and doesn't heal within 4 weeks, and you can't think of a reason for this change.
This might be small, slow growing, shiny and pink or red.
Red patches on your skin
These red patches could also be itchy. This could be due to other non cancerous skin conditions. But get it checked to make sure.
Spotting signs of skin cancer
Non melanoma skin cancers tend to develop most often on skin that's exposed to the sun.
To spot skin cancers early, it helps to know how your skin normally looks. That way, you'll notice any changes more easily. To check your back or other areas you can’t see easily, get your partner or a trusted friend to check. This is very important if you regularly sunbathe or work outside without a shirt on.
When to see your doctor
See your doctor if you have:
- a spot or sore that doesn't heal within 4 weeks
- a spot or sore that hurts, is itchy, crusty, scabs over, or bleeds for more than 4 weeks
- areas where the skin has broken down (an ulcer) and doesn't heal within 4 weeks, and you can't think of a reason for this change
Your doctor can decide whether you need any tests.