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oral melanomaMelanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.  The American Cancer Society expects 120,000 new cases to be diagnosed this year.  We normally associate melanomas to occur only on areas that are exposed to the sun, but there are hidden areas where they can also appear:

  1. Nail bed (thumb or big toe)
  2. Nose (mucosal tissue)
  3. Mouth (may appear like a pigmented mass).  Your dentist should be checking for this every time you visit.
  4. Vaginal/vulvar
  5. Anus

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

Blacksberg, M. (2013). EmpowHer “8 places you might not expect to find melanoma”. Retrieved March 29, 2013, from: http://www.empowher.com/melanoma/content/8-places-you-might-not-expect-find-melanoma