Cancer can develop in all different parts of the body, most commonly in the skin. Skin cancer is a change in your skin cells during which they grow abnormally and form a malignant tumor. Can skin cancer develop on the hands? The answer is yes.
- Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC): SCC is the most common type of skin cancer in the hand and can sometimes be mistaken for a cut or infection. You may see small, firm nodules on the skin that are brown or tan. The nodules may bleed or start crusting.
- Basal cell carcinoma: With this type of skin cancer, you’ll see nodules that look like sores with a translucent border.
- Melanoma: You may have melanoma if you have a mole- or birthmark-like marking on your hand. Pay special attention if the mark is an irregular shape, has an irregular border, is varied in color, is bigger than 1/4 inch or if it changes.
If you’re seeing signs of skin cancer on your hand (or on any part of your body), see a doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor will inspect your skin and likely perform a biopsy. You may also need a CT scan or PET scan.
Preventing Skin Cancer of the Hand
You can prevent skin cancer of the hand in the same way you would for other parts of your body.
- Protect your hands in the sun! It’s easy to forget to put sunscreen on the tops of your hands when it’s sunny, but this is a big step in protecting yourself from skin cancer.
- Avoid exposure to chemicals such as arsenic.
And don’t forget, see a dermatologist regularly!