2. Shifting Spots
If you have a new or changing brown spot, visit a board-certified dermatologist to get it checked out. It is normal to develop new brown spots up until the age of 30, however after that time, every new spot should be evaluated. Check if your mole looks the same on both sides, spot if it has any jagged edges, see if the mole is changing its color or changing its size.
3. Persistent Scabs
Wounds and scabs that don’t heal for more than 2 weeks can be an issue. This may represent a squamous cell carcinoma. Similar to basal cell carcinomas, they are rare, but can develop in younger patients, especially if there was a significant history of sunburns.
4. Weird Bumps
Moles aren’t the only bumps you need to look out for. If you have a new flesh-colored or pearly bump on the skin, it should be evaluated. It may be a basal cell carcinoma. If you notice a new skin-colored or pink bump in a sun exposed area, you should definitely visit a dermatologist to evaluate it.
5. Scaly Skin
Skin cancer can also manifest in the form of patchy skin. Pre-cancerous lesions called actinic keratoses show up as tiny gritty, scaly spots on a red or pink base that can often be picked off with a fingernail, but then return again in the same location. If not treated, this can turn into squamous cell cancers. To protect your skin, always apply an SPF cream and wear a hat and sunglasses.