Persistent Pimple or Basal Cell Carcinoma?

July 6, 2020 / / Featured, Newsletter

Melanoma or pimple?

A melanoma pimple will typically present as:
  • A firm red, brown or skin-colored bump.
  • The main difference to note is that these bumps will not feel soft like a pimple, but rather will be firm or hard to the touch.

What does a normal mole look like?

Melanoma pimples grow rapidly downwards into the skin and don’t always follow the ABCDE’s self-check method of detection in the video below, but there are still some clear symptoms to look out for:
    • A new mole, blemish or bump that is not normal for your skin.
  • An increase in the depth or height of an existing bump or mole, especially if it comes with no other warning signs.
    • The beginning of a bump that looks clear like a bubble or blister on the skin and continues to grow after the first 3 weeks.
    • A lump that feels firm to the touch.
Be aware of the following:
  • A melanoma pimple is more likely to grow as a new bump, mole or discoloration.
  • It is less likely to develop from an existing mole or bump, although still possible.
  • In case a lump or bump stays the same over time, it is less likely to be melanoma.
  • Lumps that arise quickly and then subside are more likely to be a result of inflammation, like pimples.

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