Warning Signs and Images

What to Look For

Squamous cell carcinomas typically appear as a persistent thick, rough, scaly patch that can bleed if bumped. They often look like warts and sometimes appear as open sores with a raised border and a crusted surface over an elevated pebbly base.

  • A persistent, scaly red patch with irregular borders that sometimes crusts or bleeds.

  • An elevated growth with a central depression that occasionally bleeds. A growth of this type may rapidly increase in size.

  • An open sore that bleeds and crusts and persists for weeks.

  • A wart-like growth that crusts and occasionally bleeds.