Symptoms for skin cancer can vary. Real patients discuss their symptoms that led to the discovery of their conditions.
The mole on my back did not bother me and I didn’t realize that it was even there.
My mole had actually changed shape. And it changed color from a brownish to a black, and kind of had like a white, milky color on top of it, also.
When I came back from my deployment, my wife noticed right away that it had grown significantly. The changes had been so slow to me that I didn’t really realize it was so severe. But she noticed right away, when she saw me.
The shape of the mole had kind of gone from more round to an oval, kind of got more elongated.
On the color change, my wife had noticed that for about a couple of months before I actually made the appointment to go see the dermatologist.
It never grew because according to what I learned it was actually beneath the skin. The cancer was growing down beneath the skin and not out.
The mole on my head didn’t hurt at all. It wasn’t raised. I couldn’t even see it or tell where it was unless I was looking in the mirror.
The mark above my eyebrow, the cancer itself, it had been irritating to me. It was itchy, flakey, just a little bit. Not big flakes coming off, but it would just kind of bother me and itch. And so I would just kind of scratch it a little bit. And I would notice that it would turn redder. And then I would put some kind of lotion on it, thinking it was just old age.