In most cases, signs of skin cancer are pretty obvious. If you notice an unusual mole, or a spot that looks like a birthmark, or other defects on your skin that weren’t there before, you need to consult a doctor. And more about their forms you can find in the video below!
But in very rare cases (about 1 in 100), there are no conspicuous signs of skin cancer on the skin. Instead, the disease manifests in ways you wouldn’t suspect to be skin cancer symptoms. Below is the list of 7 symptoms you have to watch out for:
- Lumps under your skin
Lumps under the skin in places like the armpits, groin, and neck (though they may be found in other areas, too) may be a sign of cancer metastases in lymph nodes. Jeremy Davis, MD, a clinical instructor and surgeon at UCLA Health, says:
It’s not common, but there are situations when your immune system takes care of the primary mole or skin lesion even though the cancer itself has metastasized. So the cancer started on your skin, but you never saw it.
If you notice such lump, you should make an appointment with your doctor.
- Abdominal pain
Melanoma can also metastasize to the liver. The symptom of metastasis is pain in “upper right quadrant” of the abdomen, Dr. Davis says. But a whole lot of other medical conditions cause pain in this area, some of which are not very dangerous (e.g. gallstones). But even if the pain isn’t causing much trouble, a visit to a doctor is recommended.
- Trouble breathing
Melanoma metastases can also be found in the lungs. They usually manifest in shortness of breath and constant coughing. If you have these symptoms, chances of them being signs of cancer are very little. The symptoms usually indicate a different condition (e.g. asthma or bronchitis), but they still warrant a medical check-up.
- Joint pain
In addition to all those areas mentioned above, your bones may also be affected by melanoma metastases. The symptoms are similar to those of arthritis. If you experience pain in your joints, go to the doctor to get tests to rule out cancer.
- Vision problems
Melanocytes are cells that produce melanin, a pigment that gives color to our skin, hair, and eyes. Melanoma cancer starts in melanocytes, which means your eyes may be affected first. In such cases, the symptoms are problems with eyesight and “pigments or discolorations in the iris of the eye”, according to Dr. Davis.
- Spasms and other abdominal problems.
Melanoma can cause problems with gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Davis says: “Diarrhea, constipation, cramps, or pain are all possible.”
Although it’s rare, melanoma can start in the brain. The symptoms include headaches, seizures, or cognitive problems. These symptoms can be a sign of both primary brain melanoma (= it started in the brain) or melanoma metastases.
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