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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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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?

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

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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?

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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What to do if i know that the sun causes skin cancer, but exactly how does it do it?

What to do if i know that the sun causes skin cancer, but exactly how does it do it?

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 more

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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 more

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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?

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?

People with skin: That burns may be "more susceptible" to skin cancer, but sun exposure and tanning booths cause actinic damage, radiaton and uv light frequencies that still may cause all of the common cancers. You are spared the burn, but not the risk. ...Read more

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If I have on SPF 10 sunscreen and lay out in the sun, do I still have chances of geting 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 more

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Can skin cancer come and then fade away? Then return again when in the sun. Or is this an age spot?

Can skin cancer come and then fade away?  Then return again when in the sun.  Or is this an age spot?

Yes it can: Melanoma/moles can regress spontaneously and recur. So be sure to consult a dermatologist and get proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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The sun causes skin cancer but is vital for optimal skin health. How do you balance sun exposure then? How much is good?

The sun causes skin cancer but is vital for optimal skin health. How do you balance sun exposure then? How much is good?

I wear sunscreen: all the time even on cloudy days as UV still gets through. I take 2000mg Vitamin D every day. I would check your Vitamin D level and get on supplements. Even a little sun can cause skin cancer especially if you are susceptible or have family history ...Read more

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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

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

Need to be evaluated: Hard to know what it is without physically looking at it or touching it. You should see your primary care doctor or a dermatologist to get this looked at. A biopsy is needed for definitive diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you get a healthy dose of vitamin d in the sun without getting skin cancer?

Avoid extremes: Everyone's skin has a different threshold and level of sun sensitivity but in general sun exposure in moderation with burn avoidance should provide adequate vitamin d without undue risk of skin cancer. ...Read more

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How much will my skin cancer risk rise if I spend 10 minutes in the sun each day to get vitamin d?

How much will my skin cancer risk rise if I spend 10 minutes in the sun each day to get vitamin d?

Hard to quantify: But you probably don't need to bother with the 10 minutes of sun a day. Most people in the us don't need to seek out sun exposure for vitamin d. If you are really concerned discuss with your pcp and consider a supplement. ...Read more

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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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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

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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

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

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


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