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Is It Possible To Get Skin Cancer Where the Sun Doesn’t Shine?

by kelly / December, 19 2018 01:30

Photo of a woman in a red winter jacked facing the sun in a forest at dusk

First off let’s set the record straight – the sun is the leading cause of skin cancer and 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. So stay safe in the sun, practice good sun protection and wear sunscreen everyday.

Now that we’ve got that squared away – the answer to the question can you get skin cancer without the sun shining is yes. You can get skin cancer even on the parts of your body that never see the sun.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation two other factors also play a role in the development of skin cancer – genetics and environmental pollution. Then how do you prevent skin cancer when it comes to these two factors?

The best thing you can do is to get regular complete skin exams of your entire body by your doctor and/or dermatologist. That way your doctor will be able to investigate any changes in your skin normally hidden under clothing.

Additionally it’s good to performing frequent self-exams of your skin from head to toe. How do you do this? We’ve got you covered - for tips on how to conduct a self-exam, check out our posts “Detecting Skin Cancer – Spot It and Stop It” or “Top Tips for Spotting Skin Cancer”

That’s it for this week. Just a quick reminder to take care of your skin – your bodies biggest organ. And for even more information and helpful advice on skin cancer check out our Skin Cancer blog series.

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