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Please share an interesting fact about dealing with nonmelanoma skin cancer.

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Dr. Sewa Legha answered

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Ignore: It does not cause distant metastases, so there is no risk of dying from this type of skin cancer!

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Dr. Irving Harper answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Ignore: Most nonmelanoma skin cancers are curable if detected early, so get a skin check at least once/ year.

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Dr. Lauren Stegman answered

Specializes in Radiation Oncology

Ignore: Radiation therapy can be just as effective as surgey, ask about this option.

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Dr. Russell Sparenberg answered

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Ignore: The best advice is to prevent skin cancer by protecting skin from ultra violet light.

Answered 5/21/2014

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Dr. Bradford Romans answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Ignore: They are almost never dangerous if discovered early and treated.

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Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Ignore: Get lesions removed, avoid recurrence using sun block thereafter.

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Dr. Linda Everett answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Ignore: Non melanoma skin cancer is the most common type of cancer.

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Dr. Susan Arnoult answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Ignore: Basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers are related to sun exposure. Sun screen is a MUST!

Answered 7/9/2014

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Dr. Otto Placik answered

Specializes in Surgery - Plastics

Ignore: While some nonsurgical treatments are available, surgery is usually curative in early cases.

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Dr. Otto Placik answered

Specializes in Surgery - Plastics

Ignore: While non-surgical options are available, surgery is usually curative in early cases.

Answered 7/27/2014

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

The: The cure rate for skin cancer could be 100 percent if all were brought to a Dr's attention early.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Checking: Checking your skin monthly makes you more familiar with what “normal” looks like.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Checking: Checking you skin monthly allows you to notice any changes that may take place.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

All: All changes on your skin are not sure signs of cancer, but let the Dr. know of them.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

It: It is important to see a doctor if a mark changes or something doesn't look right to you.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Having: Having a friend or spouse help do skin checks increases your chances of finding issues.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

The: The back is the most common site of melanomas in males.

Answered 7/27/2014

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Using: Using two mirrors helps check all areas of your back, buttocks and genitals.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

This: This Skin self-check is not a substitute for seeing your doctor yearly.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

To: To be effective, skin cancer early detection includes self checks and routine Dr. visits.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Its: Its important to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Sunscreens: Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Prevention: Prevention is the key to cure!

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Each: Each year more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the US.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Sun: Sun exposure is the major risk factor for skin cancer.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

90: 90 percent of skin cancers are caused by the sun's ultraviolet rays (UVR).

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Most: Most skin damage associated with aging/wrinkles/sagging/leathering, & discoloration, is UVR related.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

The: The sun's rays are usually strongest between 10 AM and 4 PM.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Even: Even a single sunburn increases your risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Suffering: Suffering five or more sunburns doubles your lifetime risk of developing melanoma.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

A: A tan is never safe, whether you acquire it on the beach or in a salon.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

It's: It's safer to obtain vitamin D through D-rich foods and/or dietary supplements than the sun!

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Some: Some sunlamps used in tanning salons actually emit UVR doses as much as 12 times that of the sun.

Answered 7/27/2014

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

When: When unprotected skin is overexposed to UVR, DNA is damaged.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

A: A tan is the skin's attempt to prevent further damage by creating a wall of darker pigment.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Damage: Damage that has already occurred to skin cells, can lead to changes (mutations) in skin cell DNA.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

People: People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

People: People who use tanning beds are 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma (BCC).

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Young: Young people, including teenagers, are especially sensitive to the UVR emitted from tanning booths.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Clothing: Clothing can be your most effective form of sun protection.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

If: If you wear a hat to protect you from the sun, be sure it covers your ears too.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Densely: Densely woven and bright or dark colored fabrics offer the best defense against sun damage effects.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

A: A thin white T-shirt provides a UPF, or Ultraviolet Protection Factor, of about 5, blueJeans 1700!

Answered 7/27/2014

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

The: The more skin you cover, the better, so choose long sleeves and long pants whenever possible.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

A: A UPF rating of 30 and up indicates substantial protection.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Wraparound: Wraparound sunglasses that block 99-100 percent of sun's UV rays effectively shield both eyes & Skin.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Hats: Hats with a brim of 3" or greater offer significant protection for the face and back of the neck.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

SPF: SPF of 15 would prevent sunburn 15 times longer than if the product weren't used.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Higher: Higher SPFs can make a difference for people with skin that always burns rather than tans.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

A: A high SPF alone is not enough to protect you against all skin cancer.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Broad: Broad spectrum offer both "UVA/ UVB" protection.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

UVA-filtering: UVA-filtering ingredients include: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, stabilized avobenzone, or ecamsule.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Sunlight: Sunlight reflects off snow, ice, sand and water, intensifying UVR effects by up to 80 percent.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

If: If your skin gets dry, moisturizing sunscreen formulas are a great idea.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Even: Even on overcast days, 70-80 percent of UVR travels through clouds.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

At: At high altitudes, for example when you're skiing, the thinner atmosphere filters out less UVR.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

For: For adequate protection, you have to apply enough sunscreen.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Babies: Babies are especially susceptible to the sun's damaging effects.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

The: The SCF grants its seal to products that meet the highest standards for safety and effectiveness.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Golfers: Golfers can receive up to five times the amount of sun exposure needed to cause sunburn.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Transparent: Transparent window film screens out almost 100 percent of UVB and UVA without reducing visibility,.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

If: If you have window film installed, remember that it protects you only when the windows are closed.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

A: A sunscreen should be on hand for quick reapplication during long drives.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Drivers': Drivers' heads and necks receive the most UV exposure.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

A: A solid, closed roof on a vehicle offers the best protection from the suns damaging rays.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Nearly: Nearly 53 percent of skin cancers in the US occur on the left, or drivers' side of the body.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

UV: UV radiation reaches us in the form of shortwave UVB and long-wave UVA rays.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Glass: Glass only blocks the shortwave UVB radiation effectively.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Car: Car rear windows are unprotected against UV Radiation, leaving back seat passengers exposed.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Men: Men over age 40 have the highest annual exposure to UV radiation.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

The: The majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over age 50.

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Specializes in Family Medicine

Melanoma: Melanoma is one of only three cancers with an increasing mortality rate for men.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

The: The ears and the nose are particularly susceptible to skin cancer-Protect them!

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Most: Most skin cancers are curable if caught early.

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Specializes in Family Medicine

Most: Most skin cancers can be treated with local excision.

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Specializes in Family Medicine

With: With a few simple precautions, you can enjoy a beach excursion without risking your skin's health.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Apply: Apply sunscreen to the bottoms of your feet,, that area may be exposed when lying on your belly.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

A: A half day at the beach requires at least two applications of sunscreen.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Sunscreens: Sunscreens are available in lotion, gel, spray, cream, and stick forms.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

The: The UV radiation emitted by indoor tanning lamps is many times more intense than natural sunlight.

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Specializes in Family Medicine

Assure: Assure the Pathology lab "checks the borders for disease" of any excisional biopsies.

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Specializes in Family Medicine

Sun: Sun and fun are cool. Skin cancer is not. Use sunscreen!

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Be: Be aware of any changes in the skin that have grown larger, appear pearly, multicolored, or dark.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Be: Be aware of any moles, beauty marks, birthmarks or brown spots that change in color/shape/size.

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Specializes in Family Medicine

Skin: Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, but if caught early, it's often treatable.

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Specializes in Family Medicine

There: There is no reason not to use sunscreens because of a fear of low vitamin D.

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Specializes in Family Medicine

The: The likelihood of recurrence of a previously treated skin cancer is as low as 1% to 2% for Mohs Surg.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

The: The prognosis for most skin cancer is generally excellent.

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There: There are virtually no deaths from basal cell CA and only rare deaths with squamous cell CA.

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Specializes in Family Medicine

Many: Many skin cancers can be prevented by avoiding the triggers that cause the tumors to develop.

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Specializes in Family Medicine

Moles: Moles are almost always harmless and only very rarely turn into skin cancer.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

If: If a mole becomes cancerous, it would most likely be a melanoma.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

A: A pre-cancerous stage, called a dysplastic nevus, is somewhat more irregular than a normal mole.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Moles: Moles never become squamous cell carcinomas or basal cell carcinomas.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Skin: Skin cancers typically arise in areas of the skin exposed to the sun repeatedly over many years.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Sun: Sun exposed area are common, but skin cancer may occur just about anywhere on the skin.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

A: A skin exam by a dermatologist is the easiest way to get a definitive diagnosis of skin cancer.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

In: In many cases of skin cancer, the appearance alone is sufficient to make the diagnosis.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

A: A skin biopsy is usually used to confirm a suspicion of skin cancer.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

A: A skin biopsy used to confirm a suspicion of skin cancer, may be curative if all is removed.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

A: A Biopsy can be performed by numbing the area under the tumor with a local anesthetic.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

With: With a biopsy, a Pathologist will render a diagnosis based on the characteristics of the tumor.

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Dr. John Munshower answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

There: There is no specific staging system for basal cell skin carcinoma.

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Dr. Joseph Woods answered

Specializes in Pathology

Ignore: With any form of skin dysplasia/cancer, the earlier it's treated, the better the results are.

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Dr. Kris Gast answered

Specializes in Radiation Oncology

Ignore: Use a retinol cream daily to keep your skin healthy.Wear sunscreen when outside, don't for get hands.

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Dr. Darrell Latva answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Most: Most commonly,subungual melanoma affects the thumb, big toe, and index finger of dominant hand.

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Dr. Darrell Latva answered

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Hutchinson's: Hutchinson's Sign is a blackening of the proximal nail fold, indicating extension of nail melanoma.

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