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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)

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


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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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What are the chances of my melanoma coming back if I use sunblock and stay out of the sun?

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 more

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I'm outside everyday in sun, am worried about the high risk of melanoma. Can i get the TB jab to help prevent?

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 more

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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?

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

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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.

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.

Not likely: If the mole is changing over a fairly short period of time, you are right to get it evaluated and biopsied. While sunlight is implicated in the causation of melanoma, there is no evidence that it will change a mole that is pre-existing. ...Read more

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How does the sun protection clothing possibly reduce melanoma and skin cancer risks?

How does the sun protection clothing possibly reduce melanoma and skin cancer risks?

Decrease UV exposure: Uv exposure from the sun causes melanoma. Sun protection clothing will reduce your risk of melanoma and other skin cancers by decreasing your exposure to the harmful uv radiation. ...Read more

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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 more

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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?

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?

No: Melanoma is related to skin paleness and exposure to the sun. It is also largely random in appearance. There is no correlation between ct scans and melanoma. This does not exempt you from getting melanoma in this area, however uncommon, but the ct had nothing to do with it. ...Read more

Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a 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