Basal and squamous cell skin cancer pictures
You can find pictures below of basal cell skin cancers and squamous cell skin cancers. There is information about
The pictures on this page are examples of different types of non melanoma skin cancers. They show you what to look out for so that you can go to your doctor if you notice similar changes in your skin.
If you have a mole that has changed, or a new mole, this is not the right section for you. Moles may develop into a different type of cancer called melanoma. We have pictures of abnormal moles that you may find helpful.
There are different types of basal cell skin cancer.
Nodular basal cell cancer
Nodular basal cell cancers look see through (translucent) and often you can see their blood vessels. Sometimes they have a sore (ulcerated) area in the centre. Here are some close up pictures.
Pigmented basal cell cancer
Pigmented basal cell cancers have dark areas and can look like warts or sometimes melanoma.
Here is a magnified view.
Morphoeic basal cell carcinoma
Morphoeic is pronounced mor-fee-ic. This type of basal cell skin cancer may look like a sore area on the skin that doesn’t heal. If you have had an area like this for more than 3 weeks, it is important to see your doctor. This type may also look like a scar or a thickened area of skin that very slowly gets bigger.
Squamous cell skin cancers can vary in how they look. These are some close up pictures of common types.
They usually occur on areas of skin exposed to sunlight, like the scalp.
They are also common on the ear.
We thank Dr Charlotte Proby for her kind permission to use the photographs on this page.
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