Your question: Can I get melanoma at 18?

Can you get melanoma as a teenager?

In fact, melanoma is rare in young children. Even so, there are times when a mole should be checked by a dermatologist just to be sure. Caught early, melanoma is highly treatable. The following can help you decide when a dermatologist should examine your child.

Can you get melanoma at 19?

Though less likely, people can still get melanoma even if they’re young, have no family history of cancer, or have dark skin.

Is it normal to get moles at 18?

Moles, or nevi, typically form during childhood and adolescence, but new moles can appear in adulthood. Although most moles are noncancerous, or benign, the development of a new mole or sudden changes to existing moles in an adult can be a sign of melanoma. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer.

Can you have melanoma for years and not know?

How long can you have melanoma and not know it? It depends on the type of melanoma. For example, nodular melanoma grows rapidly over a matter of weeks, while a radial melanoma can slowly spread over the span of a decade. Like a cavity, a melanoma may grow for years before producing any significant symptoms.

What does Stage 1 melanoma look like?

Stage I melanoma is no more than 1.0 millimeter thick (about the size of a sharpened pencil point), with or without an ulceration (broken skin). There is no evidence that Stage I melanoma has spread to the lymph tissues, lymph nodes, or body organs.

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Can you live a long life with melanoma?

almost all people (almost 100%) will survive their melanoma for 1 year or more after they are diagnosed. around 90 out of every 100 people (around 90%) will survive their melanoma for 5 years or more after diagnosis.

What age should you start getting moles checked?

There is no set age for regular skin checks to begin or how often they should occur, said Jenny Nelson, MD, a dermatologist with Avera Medical Group Dermatology Sioux Falls. “I’ve had 20-year-olds who’ve had scary moles,” Nelson said. “There is no universal age.

At what age do moles appear?

Almost all moles start to appear before the age of 40. How many moles a person has is mostly determined by genes, but sun exposure can lead to more moles, or darkening of moles that are already there.