When most of us think of skin cancer, we think of unusual moles or other weird growths on our body. However, there are a number of skin cancer symptoms that you can't actually see, and although they are not as common as visible signs of skin cancer, they're still worth knowing. The more you know about potential signs of skin cancer, the better you'll able to detect anything that seems amiss, which means the more likely you are to get treatment early and prevent anything more serious.
"Skin cancers can be challenging to identify because the average person has had very little education in what features to look out for," says Dr. Kally Papantoniou, MD, FAAD with Advanced Dermatology P.C. over email. "Most of the time the lesion that brought the patient in ends up being benign, and the lesion of concern actually went unnoticed by the patient."
It's best to see your dermatologist annually for a skin check-up, as they can help you spot any issues you may not have noticed. However, in the meantime, it's also important to be vigilant on your own. Here are seven possible skin cancer symptoms that unlike a mole or lesion, you can't actually see.