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Sound really stupid here, but can a teenager die of skin cancer?
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Yes, but very rare
Cancers can affect people of any age, and skin cancers are no different.
However, skin cancers in teenagers and young adults is very rare. Skin cancer prevention starts early however, so don't forget to wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. If you have any suspicious lesions get them checked out by your doctor or dermatologist.

In brief: Yes, but very rare
Cancers can affect people of any age, and skin cancers are no different.
However, skin cancers in teenagers and young adults is very rare. Skin cancer prevention starts early however, so don't forget to wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. If you have any suspicious lesions get them checked out by your doctor or dermatologist.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: Possible
Unfortunately it is possible.

In brief: Possible
Unfortunately it is possible.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology
In brief: Absolutely!
Melanoma will be diagnosed in 1 out of 55 people during their lifetime.
It is the most common form of cancer for young adults (25-29 years old) and the second most common form of cancer for young people between 15-29 years of age. The good news is that the survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early is about 99%! but survival drops to around 15% if the cancer is more advanced.

In brief: Absolutely!
Melanoma will be diagnosed in 1 out of 55 people during their lifetime.
It is the most common form of cancer for young adults (25-29 years old) and the second most common form of cancer for young people between 15-29 years of age. The good news is that the survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early is about 99%! but survival drops to around 15% if the cancer is more advanced.
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
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