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Sly Places Skin Cancer Can Develop

By Sara Butler

Most people know to be on the lookout for a strange mole or a sore that just won't heal on their skin in order to catch skin cancer, but did you know there are other places skin cancer can hide? That's right, some of the places you can get skin cancer are a little sneaky, so it's important to be aware of them so you know where to check. Here are a few of the more unusual places you can develop skin cancer.

The Irises of Your Eye

Sun damage can happen to the irises of your eye, including melanoma, which just so happens to be the deadliest form of skin cancer. Even though your irises aren't exactly the same as the skin on your face, it's important to understand that anyplace on your body that's exposed to the sun can develop the type of cancer seen on the skin.

Make sure to stay vigilant about protecting your eyes when outside. UV-blocking sunglasses are always a good thing to have on hand and regular checkups with our eye doctor should be on your to-do list too. If you notice any new spots on your irises or a place where they've changed color, then make sure to get it checked out.

Underneath Your Fingernails

If you like to indulge in a mani/pedi from time to time, then you should look out for signs of skin cancer under your nails. The UV lights used to set nail treatments are sort of like tiny tanning booths for your fingernails. Your nails can't get skin cancer, but the skin underneath is susceptible to UV damage and skin cancer.

Make sure you always apply sunblock to your skin -- even on the tips of your toes and fingers. Also, take the time to check out your nails without polish every once in a while and look for black marks underneath the nail.

In Your Ear

If you notice a little crustiness inside your ear canal or behind your ear that doesn't go away, then you may want to get it checked out. Any skin lesion that doesn't go away within a month is something a medical professional should take a look at. Skin cancer doesn't have to be black -- it can be red, scaly, and even pearly looking.

Skin cancer is serious but if it's caught early, then it can be treated successfully. That's why you should be diligent about checking your skin -- even the places that aren't as obvious!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Northbrook, Ill.

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