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Am i at higher risk for melanoma because i had basal cell skin cancer?

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Yes: You are more prone to skin cancer and should be checked although the increase in melanomas not statistically dramatic.

Answered 12/9/2014

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Not directly: Basal cell carcinoma ;#40;bcc;#41; is the most common type of sun induced skin cancer. Melanoma is a distinct type of skin cancer, but both are related to sun exposure. Bcc normally does not present until later in life ;#40;65 yrs ; older;#41;. So if you get a bcc ; the younger you are means that you have had lots of sun damage ;/or have a skin type that is prone to burning. So you are also at risk for melanoma.

Answered 3/30/2014

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Not usually: Although both basal cell carcinoma and melanoma are related to sun exposure, having one doesn't mean your risk for getting the other is raised. However, you should have regular complete checks by a dermatologist as your overall risk of getting another skin cancer is higher.

Answered 1/5/2019

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Dr. Travis Kidner answered

Specializes in Surgical Oncology

Yes: Having one skin cancer does increase your risk for developing another. It is important that you limit your exposure to uv radiation, wear sunscreen and see your friendly dermatologist for routine skin examinations.

Answered 4/3/2013

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