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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common 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 & ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
Two issues: Sunblock won't change the risk of a treated melanoma from recurring (coming back), but it will reduce the risk of future skin cancers, which any melanoma patient is at a higher risk of. So protect yourself from the sun using not just sunblock, but shade, clothing and smart sun behavior. Also continue surveillance exams for the melanoma and self skin exams. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm outside everyday in sun, am worried about the high risk of melanoma. Can i get the TB jab to help prevent?
Increased risk: You should wear sunblock every day. And try to cover up and limit your exposure as much as possible to reduce your risk. In addition you should see a dermatologist at least once a year for a complete skin examination. I would not recommended the TB jab. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the statistical % survival rate for Nodular melanoma. Numbers pls... Also, is it related to the sun like ssm's are. Hoping a derm can answer?
Melanoma: The survival rates for melanoma depend on the stage of the lesion (as well as other factors like age, immune status, and location). The range from 15%-97% depending on staging, so without knowing that it is not possible to give a number to you. Read http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-melanoma/detailedguide/melanoma-skin-cancer-survival-rates for more. ...Read more
Can a neck mole get darker from sun exposure? It hasn't demonstrated any other other signs/symptoms of melanoma. I'm a 20 Y/O man. Biopsy in July.
I've noticed new small moles on my back, arms, back of my thighs, and between my legs. I rarely expose my skin in the sun and use sunblock. Melanoma?
Keep closer watch: Moles are common especially in fair skinned people, but they do not appear suddenly. I doubt that you have melanoma.Monitor your skin closely for the next few months and look for any changes in your moles. You can monitor them with the help of a spouse or a friend or take a photograph now and use it as a reference for any changes. If any of the moles is getting bigger then seek a doctor's advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to get melanoma from one CT scan (in chest area)? If yes how we can prevent it and how long it will take to appear?
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