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Can you get a melanoma in an area that is never exposed to the sun?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Melanoma can occur in sun exposed areas.
However, it can (and does) occur in areas where "the sun doesn't shine". Additionally, melanoma may be amelanotic (non-black) and difficult to diagnose visually until more advanced.

In brief: Yes
Melanoma can occur in sun exposed areas.
However, it can (and does) occur in areas where "the sun doesn't shine". Additionally, melanoma may be amelanotic (non-black) and difficult to diagnose visually until more advanced.
Dr. Michael Thompson
Dr. Michael Thompson
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: Yes
You sure can.

In brief: Yes
You sure can.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: Yes
Happens all the time.
Although sun exposed areas are at greater risk for melanoma, that is not the only factor leading to melanoma, which can occur in areas with minimal if any sun exposure.

In brief: Yes
Happens all the time.
Although sun exposed areas are at greater risk for melanoma, that is not the only factor leading to melanoma, which can occur in areas with minimal if any sun exposure.
Dr. Eric Whitman
Dr. Eric Whitman
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