Ask the Expert: Can You Get Skin Cancer “Where the Sun Doesn’t Shine?” Should You Remove All Clothing for a Skin Exam?
Yes, and yes again! While skin cancers are less commonly diagnosed in areas that are normally shielded from the sun, they can and do develop there. There are a number of factors that play a role in the development of skin cancer — including genetics and environmental pollution — that have nothing to do with the sun’s rays. One of the reasons why a complete skin exam is so valuable is that your dermatologist will be able to notice changes that may be normally hidden under clothing. This way, any suspected skin cancers can be diagnosed and treated promptly. Don’t worry, your doctor will respect your modesty with an exam gown and/or cloth draping.
Did you know that the average person loses around 100 hairs from their scalp in a single day? Healthy hair grows in cycles and it’s completely natural to lose a few strands. But when the natural cycle is disrupted, it can lead to embarrassing hair thinning or hair loss. Thankfully, there is an exciting new treatment called Platelet-Rich Plasma (or PRP) that can effectively stimulate new hair growth.