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Can you get a melanoma in an area that is never exposed to the sun?

Can you get a melanoma in an area that is never exposed to the sun?

Yes: Melanomas come in different varieties. Rarely they have no pigment, and they can also appear in places which get little or no sun exposure including mucosal surfaces inside the nose or throat, or on the soles of the feet. These unusual melanomas are thankfully rather rare. As with all skin cancers, if you have a lump or bump on the skin which is changing rapidly, make sure you get a checked out. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more


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Is it possible to still lie in the sun if I have a sign of skin cancer?

Is it possible to still lie in the sun if I have a sign of skin cancer?

At your own risk: It is not wise to stay in the sun without wearing sunblock. If you already have signs of skin cancer or skin damage from the sun, it is even more important for you t stay out of the sun and to protect your skin with proper clothing, a hat, sunblock. ...Read more

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Help! Is it possible to have a wart under the skin that you can't see?

Help! Is it possible to have a wart under the skin that you can't see?

Yes: plantar warts are an example of warts that are under the skin and are hard to see as they do not grow up and above the skin surface. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get melanoma skin cancer in your armpit where the sun never shines?

Is it possible to get melanoma skin cancer in your armpit where the sun never shines?

Unfortunately yes: Melanomas are most commonly caused by sun exposure, but they rarely do appear in strange places...I have seen/known patients who have had melanomas come up under their fingernails, in the mouth or sinuses, etc. If you notice any moles on your body which are changing, have them looked at. ...Read more

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Is it true that being exposed to a draft can make you get the common cold or get sick in any form?

Is it true that being exposed to a draft can make you get the common cold or get sick in any form?

No: Colds are due to virus infections and not from changes in temperature or wind speeds. That is a myth and perpetrated by old wives tales. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have skin cancer where the sun never shines?

Is it possible to have skin cancer where the sun never shines?

Yes, but not common: Melanomas (and other skin cancers) are most commonly caused by sun exposure, but they rarely do appear in strange places...I have seen/known patients who have had melanomas come up under their fingernails, in the mouth or sinuses, etc. If you notice any moles on your body which are changing, have them looked at. ...Read more

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Is it ok to expose in the sun while you have shingles?

Is it ok to expose in the sun while you have shingles?

Sun exposure: In general, uv radiation is not good for any open wound in terms of healing, a herpes rash is no different. It's recommended to keep the affected area covered and out of the sun to ensure proper healing. ...Read more

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Is sun bad in general for the skin or sunburn?Do I have to avoid getting a tan or can I have it gradually?What is the bestsunscreen (mineral-natural?)

Is sun bad in general for the skin or sunburn?Do I have to avoid getting a tan or can I have it gradually?What is the bestsunscreen (mineral-natural?)

Moderation : Everything in moderation sun exposure like everything else in life has positive and negative effects on the body as we all know over exposure of the sun causes melanoma, the benefits is the sun naturally synthesizes vitamin d in your body which is vital for proper function, i personally recommend all natural lotion less toxins in your body the better! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a sun allergy on your back mainly due to that area not getting much sun?

Is it possible to have a sun allergy on your back mainly due to that area not getting much sun?

No: Reactions to the sun are not allergic. Some people get small hives when they get hot but that is unrelated to the sun, it is just a heat effect. ...Read more

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I live at the beach and was screened by an allergist. Is it really possible that I can actually be allergic soley to the ocean air?

I live at the beach and was screened by an allergist. Is it really possible that I can actually be allergic soley to the  ocean air?

No: Ocean air per se is not allergenic . Beach houses are more prone to have mold infestation and higher mite population and thus your problem is potentially from molds and/or dust mites. Is your allergist a B/C one? ...Read more

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Are some people immune to sun damage? I know that i burn extremely easily if I am out in the sun for more than 45 minutes. Is it possible for someone darker than me to be out in the sun with no protection the same amount of time and not receive any damag

Are some people immune to sun damage? I know that i burn extremely easily if I am out in the sun for more than 45 minutes.  Is it possible for someone darker than me to be out in the sun with no protection the same amount of time and not receive any damag

No : No one is immune from the damaging effects of the sun. Some people with dark skin, hair and eyes (fitzpatrick skin type 4) are less effected by the damaging effects of the sun. Always wear sunblock with spf45+ when out in the sun, even in the winter and, if female, consider makeup with skin block. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to expose a nerve in your nipple?

Is it possible for you to expose a nerve in your nipple?

You mean like EXPOSE: I'm trying to get a visual on your question. Are you asking whether by squeezing one's nipple that some portion of a nerve would be forced from the opening? If that's correct then, I respond by giving you a hearty, "Nope!" What comes out of a nipple by squeezing it or applying pressure normally would be secretions or milk... which at your age shouldn't really be happening. No nerves though. ...Read more

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If a plantar wart was to be spread to the genitals or in the mouth, would it still be the same type of wart? Treatable in the same way?

If a plantar wart was to be spread to the genitals or in the mouth, would it still be the same type of wart? Treatable in the same way?

Virus with fetish: Treatment depends on location. All hpv are not same, there over 60 types most of the time go away on their own. Yes genital & mouth possible to be the same as they all cause cancers, main culprits 6 11 16 18 quadirvalevt vaccination is available as they cause ca of cervix, vagina, vulva throat, anal penile cancer in men. Young woman need vaccination to prevent above cancers. ...Read more

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Is their a safe way to get a tan if I can't go out in the sun because of medical reasons?

Is their a safe way to get a tan if I can't go out in the sun because of medical reasons?

Spray tans are the : only safe way to tan, and take vitamin D supplements everyday, It's a good idea to get a baseline vitamin D level to know if you are low ...Read more

Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more