Is Skin Cancer Itchy?

Is Skin Cancer Itchy?

Itchy skin has many causes, including dryness and allergies, sometimes it can signal that a person has cancer. So, yes, some skin cancers can present with some itchy or painful characteristics.

Skin cancers like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are more prone to have have these symptoms.

Which Skin Cancers are Itchy?

A recent study in the US documented that up to 30% of patients who were found to have basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma reported a local itching or painful sensation prior to diagnosis.

Patients who were diagnosed with Melanoma were less likely to report itchiness as a symptom.

Why Do Skin Cancers Itch?

Itching symptoms may occur as a result of complications of the disease, and itchy, flaky skin and rashes are common side effects of some cancer and even treatments.

No Skin Cancer Symptoms

Many skin cancers so not display any itchy symptoms and can only be detected by expert examination.

It is recommended that people with no history of Skin Cancer but with a Skin Type I, II and III should have a Skin Check every 12 months.

It is really surprising how often innocent skin changes turn out to be Skin Cancer or precancerous lesions.

Early Detection is the Best Treatment and Could Save Your Life