51 Things Dermatologists Need You to Know About Skin Cancer

51 Things Dermatologists Need You to Know About Skin Cancer

We like to pretend otherwise, but skin cancer is the most common cancer there is, period. Learn from dermatologists how to avoid trouble.

...You can get it where the sun doesn’t shine

While BSC and SCC are generally found on body parts that get the most sun exposure, most melanomas are not found on exposed areas, says Paul B. Dean, MD, MPH, dermatologist and founder of SkinResourceMD.com. Melanomas have a genetic component and may be triggered by sun exposure yet develop in places the sun never reaches, like the back of the legs, the bottom of the feet, and even under your fingernails, he says.