You can die from basal cell carcinoma

White skin cancer

Symptoms of white skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma can theoretically develop anywhere. However, it preferably forms on the parts of the body that are particularly exposed to UV radiation, the so-called sun terraces. It is correspondingly frequent

  • White skin cancer on the face
  • White skin cancer of the eye / eyelid
  • White skin cancer on the nose
  • White skin cancer on the head / scalp
  • White skin cancer on the lip (especially the lower lip)

White skin cancer on the back and white skin cancer on the legs are less common, and basal cell carcinomas are sometimes found on the soles of the feet, palms or genital area.

Basal cell carcinoma usually begins as a small, skin-colored lump that is localized. It can be shaped differently: at first, for example, like a waxy pimple, sometimes with tiny blood vessels on the surface, later sunk in the middle and with a wall-like edge. This is a sign that the tumor is growing.

Basal cell carcinoma can bleed repeatedly. If the occasional bleeding from the supposed wound continues for more than four weeks and does not heal, this is an alarm signal that you should see a doctor. Basal cell carcinomas are more difficult to detect if they look like a pale scar, like a dark birthmark, or just appear in the form of a reddish, scaly patch. In this case, a symptom of white skin cancer can also be itching of the corresponding skin area.

In contrast to squamous cell carcinoma, there is no preliminary stage in basalioma, it is immediately a cancerous tumor. And this should be removed. Basal cell carcinomas rarely develop daughter tumors, but there is a risk that they can grow into a large tumor and penetrate deep into the tissue.

Symptoms of white skin cancer: squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma (also known as spinal cell carcinoma) arises from actinic keratosis. This occurs when the skin is permanently exposed to solar radiation and becomes keratinized as a result.

It is not dangerous itself and manifests itself, for example, in a reddened, scaly or brownish-yellow area of ​​skin or in a kind of crusty wound that can sometimes bleed. The affected area is usually sensitive. However, actinic keratosis can develop into a firmly adhering horny crust that grows into a tumor. The spinalioma, or its preliminary stage, also forms preferentially in places where there is a lot of sunlight, for example

  • White skin cancer on the ear (especially in men who are not protected by scalp hair)
  • White skin cancer on the forehead
  • White skin cancer on the temples

As with basal cell carcinoma, the affected areas of skin can also be on the face, including the lips, in the neck and, if necessary, on the head (if you are bald). Spinalioma is more aggressive than basal cell carcinoma and is more likely to metastasize.

In order to detect it at an early stage, it is advisable to go to regular skin cancer screenings. The statutory health insurance companies pay for this so-called early detection every two years from the age of 35.