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At 70 is it still possible that I might get skin cancer on my arms and legs and belly exposed by bikini?
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
9 doctors agree
In brief: Cumulative damage
Skin cancers are caused by cumulative damage to the skin.
Generally the more sun you had in the past, the higher the chance of skin cancer. If you spent a lot of time in the sun in a bikini, then those areas which were exposed to the sun will be at risk for skin cancer. If you suspect a skin cancer, get it checked out. The sooner the treatment, the better the chance of cure.

In brief: Cumulative damage
Skin cancers are caused by cumulative damage to the skin.
Generally the more sun you had in the past, the higher the chance of skin cancer. If you spent a lot of time in the sun in a bikini, then those areas which were exposed to the sun will be at risk for skin cancer. If you suspect a skin cancer, get it checked out. The sooner the treatment, the better the chance of cure.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Skin cancer becomes more common as we age.
If you have any spots on your skin that either were not previously there, or are enlarging, you should see a dermatologist.

In brief: Yes
Skin cancer becomes more common as we age.
If you have any spots on your skin that either were not previously there, or are enlarging, you should see a dermatologist.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: YES!
The type of sun damage that can cause melanoma is cumulative, meaning that your skin doesn't forget the sun exposure from 1 day ago or 30 years ago! increased age is a risk factor, especially if you have had a history of sun exposure.
Use sun screen spf 50 or greater with frequent reapplications, avoid the sun, and get regular skin exams from your doctor (every 6 months).

In brief: YES!
The type of sun damage that can cause melanoma is cumulative, meaning that your skin doesn't forget the sun exposure from 1 day ago or 30 years ago! increased age is a risk factor, especially if you have had a history of sun exposure.
Use sun screen spf 50 or greater with frequent reapplications, avoid the sun, and get regular skin exams from your doctor (every 6 months).
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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