Authored by R. Elizabeth C. Kitchen in Diseases
Published on 10-10-2009
Skin cancer can affect any area of the body, but it tends to occur more often on areas that are directly exposed to sunlight every day. The face is one of the most common areas of the body that develops skin cancer. Since the nose protrudes from the face, skin cancer on the nose is considered the most common areas for skin cancer. There are several types of skin cancer that can affect the nose. A person’s symptoms, treatment and prognosis will ultimately depend on them, timeliness of their diagnosis and the type of skin cancer on their nose.
Sebaceous gland carcinoma is a type of skin cancer on the nose. This type of skin cancer originates in the sebaceous glands, also referred to as oil glands, and tends to spread quickly if the patient does not receive a timely diagnosis. This type of cancer can become quite aggressive, but it is also relatively rare. The most common symptoms often include hard nodules on the nose that are not painful to the touch. Treating this type of cancer on the nose most often includes chemotherapy, radiation and sometimes surgery.
Squamous cell carcinoma is a relatively easily treatable type of skin cancer on the nose when it is diagnosed in a timely manner. It doesn’t tend to spread very easily either. It can show up in two forms. The first form is a scaly lesion. The second form is a very red, hard nodule. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the most common forms of treatment.
Kaposi sarcoma is a type of skin cancer on the nose that is considered very rare. It affects the skin’s blood vessels and often spreads quite quite quickly to other areas of the body. Since it causes the skin’s blood vessels to become inflamed, it appears as red patches. In some cases, the patient’s mucous membranes will becomes affected. This cancer is most often treated with radiation, chemotherapy and surgery.
Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer on the nose. Because it grows and spreads so rapidly, it leads to numerous deaths every year. It can show up on the nose or appear within an existing mole on the nose. The most common symptoms of melanoma skin cancer on the nose include lesions that take on a darker hue that your skin tone, changes in an existing mole, a brown-colored lesion with dark brown or black spots, and a sore with red, blue or white spots. This type of cancer often requires aggressive treatment with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer on the nose that is the most commonly diagnosed. It is relatively easy to treat when diagnosed in a timely manner and doesn’t spread easily. It typically appears in one of two ways. The first way is as a pearl-like bump. The second way is as a brownish lesion. Patients who develop this type of skin cancer in the nose are most often treated with radiation, chemotherapy and sometimes, surgery.
Merkel cell carcinoma is a very rare type of cancer on the nose. This type of cancer affects the patient’s hair follicles and is most often more difficult to treat because it grows so rapidly. It also tends to quickly spread to other areas of the body which increases the chance of complications. It often appears as a large nodule that can reach up to two inches across or as a small nodule with pink, blue or red coloring.