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Is It Possible To Have Skin Cancer Where The Sun Never Shines
Itchy mosquito bite like bumps where the sun doesn't shine..?"is it possible to have skin cancer where the sun never shines?"
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
No formula: Your risk of developing skin cancer from su exposure is the result of a complex combnation of several contributing factors such as your genetic predisposition, age, geographic location, severity and frequency of burns, complexion, immune status and several other factors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: There's no one answer nor any one amount of sun exposure that will cause cancer in everyone. It's wise to be sun-smart and wear sunscreen as well as protective clothing. Still, there are patients who get skin cancers without much history of sun exposure so these methods aren't 100%. ...Read more
Enjoy the warmth: As a mohs surgeon, i see a lot of patients with skin cancer. I tell them to enjoy the warmth of the sun- but not the rays. You can still go outside and enjoy your activities but be sure to cover up with clothing and sunscreen. Having one skin cancer means you have had enough sun in your lifetime to cause one to form. Reducing your sun exposure will help prevent future skin cancer. So cover up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
DNA damage : The ultraviolet rays in sunlight damages the dna in the cells in your skin including epithelial cells and melanocytes. Over time with chronic exposure the dna damage accumulates in important genes and the cells begin to grow out of control and become a skin cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should i be worried if it dosent make sense to me that something natural like the sun could cause skin cancer?
Please rethink: I'm glad whenever someone gives up the idea that "natural" is good and "artificial" is bad. Most of the carcinogens we meet in daily life are "natural." strychnine, botulism, ebola, poisonous mushroom, and poisonous snakes are all "natural". An old graveyard attests to the effectiveness of "all-natural healing". Savvy folks take advantage of both nature & technology for the best lives. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I can usually stand outside for hours in the sun without getting burned. Is that a bad or good thing in terms of skin cancer?
If i spend an hour running in the sun everyday. What is the likeliness that i will get skin cancer?
If I have on SPF 10 sunscreen and lay out in the sun, do I still have chances of geting skin cancer?
Yes but lower: My recommendation is that you visit www.Skincancer.Org and find the link on sunscreens. Here you will find detailed information on sunscreens (types, correct use etc..). Sunscreens if used correctly are designed to provide protection to your skin from the harmful effects of uva & uvb by prolonging the time it takes for the skin to turn red (burn). The cancer risk is always there but minimized. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can skin cancer come and then fade away? Then return again when in the sun. Or is this an age spot?
The sun causes skin cancer but is vital for optimal skin health. How do you balance sun exposure then? How much is good?
Can i get skin cancer even if i never go out in the sun? Should i get a check up at dermatologist just incase?
Red blotch on my forhead is it skin cancer i work in the sun all day and now have a red thing coming up on my forhead and it is starting to hurt
How much will my skin cancer risk rise if I spend 10 minutes in the sun each day to get vitamin d?
Can 10-15 minutes in the sun cause with no sun protection cause skin cancer? I'm trying to get vit d from the sun. I'm also pregnant (30 weeks)
Unlikely: You don't say whether you mean 10-15 minutes once or daily. Even if daily it is unlikely that you would cause skin damage unless you lived in an area with maximum sunlight or very high elevation. Of course, very fair skin would increase your risk somewhat. What you don't want to do is get sunburned repeatedly. ...Read more
If skin is burned it can also be itchy right? I have small red blisters only on my arms, could it be skin cancer?? I stay out of the sun just in case
See a doctor: You should see your doctor to be sure. Blisters on the arm could occur from a severe sunburn. If so, these should resolve as the burn heals. Scaly, red areas over the arms can be actinic keratosis, a pre-cancerous condition. However, there are many things, including infections, that can cause red blisters, so it is best to see either your family doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more
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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