Spending time in the sun can put your skin at increased risk for melanoma or other types of skin cancer. But don’t think the parts of your body that don’t get much sun are safe.
Be aware of these 10 locations skin cancer may be hiding, and make sure you and your dermatologist look at all of them.
1) Under your hair
Skin cancer may be hiding on your scalp, either where your hair is parted or under your hair. It can also hide on your neck, especially if you have long hair.
2) On your eyelids
Between 5 percent and 10 percent of all skin cancers are found on the eyelid.
3) Behind an ear
Melanoma can hide behind your ear or under the hair on the side of your head.
4) On your lips
If you have a sore that looks like a canker sore but lasts longer than two weeks, have it checked by your health care provider or dentist.
5) Under your arms
When melanoma spreads, it often ends up in the lymph nodes which are under the skin in your armpit. Skin cancer can also develop on the skin under the arms.
6) Under your nails
Changes in the pigment under your fingernails or toenails may be a warning sign of skin cancer. Make sure your nails are clean and polish-free so your doctor can check them.
7) On your butt
You can’t see it for yourself without a mirror. So make sure your dermatologist checks your backside.
8) On your groin
Don’t be shy about taking off your underwear for a skin check.
9) Between your toes
When sandals come out for summer, your toes get plenty of sunshine. Be sure to check between your toes and on the bottoms of your feet.
10) Under tattoos
Getting a tattoo is not known to increase your risk of skin cancer. But a tattoo that covers a mole may mask changes in the mole that are the early warning signs of skin cancer. So avoid covering moles with a tattoo.
If you see any changes in your tattoo or the skin under the tattoo, be sure to have it checked by your doctor right away.