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Itchy mosquito bite like bumps where the sun doesn't shine..?"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?"

Yes, but: Skin cancer can occur at any site, it is more common in sun exposed areas. What you described does not fit with skin cancer. If the lesions persist for more than two weeks, you should consult your doctor to avoid getting the lesions infected. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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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 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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How can the sun cause skin cancer?

How can  the sun cause skin cancer?

Uv rays: Uvb and uva cause d dimer formation in your cells RNA which leads to cancer. In laymen's terms, the uv light damages the cells foundation which leads to cancer. ...Read more

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How long can I have to be in the sun to get skin cancer?

How long can I have to be in the sun to get skin cancer?

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 more

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Can you still enjoy the sun after having one skin cancer removed?

Can you still enjoy the sun after having one skin cancer removed?

Yes with protection: Sun block, long sleeves, and limiting time exposure to the sun is a "bright" way to avoid a recurrence of a already susceptible epidermis and previous cancer.. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how much exposure to the sun causes skin cancer?

Could you tell me how much exposure to the sun causes skin cancer?

Sun : Any intense exposure in the form of sunburns as a child, tanning booth/bed usage , and /or chronic increased sun exposure as an adult can all contribute to a greater incidence of skin cancer. ...Read more

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Can you still enjoy being out in the the sun after having skin cancer?

Can you still enjoy being out in the the sun after having skin cancer?

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 more

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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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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


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