Skin cancer

What are the signs and symptoms?

The signs and symptoms of skin cancer depend on where the cancer is, type of cancer, its size and how far it has spread in the body. 

There are a number of symptoms that may indicate skin cancer.

Common signs and symptoms may include:

  • crusty, non-healing sores (or ulcers)

  • small persistent lumps (these can be red, pale or pearly)

  • new spots, freckles or lumps

  • moles that change in thickness, colour or shape over a period of weeks to months.

You can check the parts of your skin that get exposed to sunlight (e.g. face, back and neck) for any changes.  If you notice any changes or have any of the symptoms speak to your doctor.