Warning Signs of Facial Skin Cancer

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

Photo Courtesy: SDI Productions/E+/Getty Images

According to the American Cancer Society, just over 100,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. The strongest risk factor for developing skin cancer is ultraviolet (UV) ray exposure, typically from the sun.

While skin cancer often affects older adults because they’ve spent more time in the sun during their lives, the last several decades have seen a rising number of cases in younger people. Some researchers believe this increase has happened because of the growing use of indoor tanning beds. People are also exposed to cancer-causing ingredients in common products more often today than in decades past.

Although skin cancer can develop anywhere on your body, it most commonly forms on areas that get the most sun — including your face. Learning about the common signs and symptoms of facial skin cancer can empower you to take charge of your health and recognize when it’s time to see a doctor.