A 25-year-old male asked:
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does melanoma get caused by sunburn or is it something else? im 25 how likely is it i have it ...got a flat mole in my beard...dont go outside much

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Sun and genetics: Exposure to UV light and genetics determine the occurrence of melanoma. You may visit this site for information on this topic: https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/melanoma
Answered on Aug 14, 2018
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Keep a good watch: Everybody is at risk for melanoma. Some folks at more, some at less, but everyone needs to keep an eye on their skin, have someone else look where they can't see, and have all suspicious lesions seen by someone who knows their stuff. "How likely?" is the wrong question here, as I think you realize. Just assume you're at high risk and act accordingly.
Answered on Aug 19, 2018
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Most melanomas are flat. Most melanomas derive from normal skin. Only a few derive from benign nevi ["moles"]. The main interest during skin exams is to decide if any spot is a cancer or a benign thing. About 10% of melanomas have no pigment, which makes it easy to miss the diagnosis, and renders them more dangerous.
Aug 19, 2018

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