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A 25-year-old male asked:

can melanoma occur even in people who don't get much sun? or on parts of one's body that don't get much sunlight?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tamara Lyday
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Yes: One of the most common places for melanoma is on the sole of the foot - an area that doesn't get much sun at all. Sometimes we don't think we've gotten sun but one or two burns as a youngster is enough to cause problems.
Dr. Brian Biesman
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Melanoma: Thank you for your question Christopher. Melanoma is associated with sun exposure but can occur in areas that have not had much, if any, sun exposure.
Dr. Joseph Eby
Plastic Surgery 24 years experience
Yes unfortunately: Yes, melanoma like other cancers develops from genetic mutations in cells. Sun damage is definitely associated with increased risk for melanoma. There are some inherited components, as well as persons with large congenital Nevi (large dark moles present at birth) are at increased risk even without sun exposure. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-melanoma/detailedguide/melanoma-skin-cancer-wh
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Yes: It is possible. Some feel that patients who experience just one severe sunburn are at an increased risk of developing melanoma.

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How long after stopping lupron (leuprolide) for endometriosis will it take for your body to go back to normal?

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