Skin

12 January 2009

Parts of your body to watch

Melanoma can develop anywhere on the body, even the soles of your feet and parts of the body never exposed to the sun.

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Cancer lesions can occur in many places:

  • on the parts of the arms and legs usually exposed to the sun, but also
  • on the eyelids
  • around and behind the ears
  • on and next to the nose
  • on the lips
  • the scalp
  • the back
  • your calves
  • the soles of your feet
  • and parts of the body never exposed to the sun.

Note: A lesion near the folds of the nose can be misleading, as it often reaches deep into the facial cavities.

Melanoma can develop anywhere on the body, even the soles of your feet and parts of the body never exposed to the sun.

 

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Dr Suretha Kannenberg holds a degree in Medicine and a Masters in Dermatology from the University of Stellenbosch. She is employed as a consultant dermatologist by Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Academic Hospital, where she is involved in clinical duties and the training of medical students and dermatology residents. Her areas of interest and research include vitiligo, eczema and acne. She also performs limited private practice work in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town in general and cosmetic dermatology.

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