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Can Skin Cancer Occur Anywhere on the Body?

by Dr. Natalia Spierings, Dermatology Expert
June 01, 2020

Question: Can skin cancer occur anywhere on the body?

Answer: Yes - skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body where there are skin cells. Melanocytes, for example, which are the cells that become melanomas, are found not only in the skin but also in the retina, so melanomas can develop in the retina as well. Anywhere you have skin you can in theory get a skin cancer. The same applies to the other types of skin cancers. This includes the genitals, palms and soles, scalp, lips and nails. 

Dr. Natalia Spierings is a consultant dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic and dermatologic surgeon.

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