Basal cell carcinoma has a variable look, and the subtler forms can be tricky to distinguish from other non-cancerous spots you might see on your skin. Below are images that show some of this variation in appearance.


BCC appearing as an open sore

An open sore that bleeds, oozes, or crusts and remains open for several weeks

BCC as a red patch

A reddish, raised patch or irritated area that may crust or itch but generally doesn’t hurt

BCC with a pink, shiny appearance

A shiny pink, red, pearly white, or translucent bump (nodular BCC)

BCC with raised border and central indentation

A pink growth with a raised border and crusted central indentation

BCC with a waxy appearance and ulceration

A scar-like, white, yellow, or waxy area, often presenting with a poorly
defined border

The following images show some more unusual presentations:

Fibroepithelioma of Pinkus, a rare variant of BCC

Fibroepithelioma of Pinkus, appearing as a skin-coloured, firm, dome- shaped bump

Pigmented BCC showing multiple colors

Pigmented BCC in a darker-skinned individual

Pigmented linear BCC

Linear BCC in an Asian person

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