In most cases the part of your body on which a skin cancer is found does not effect the likelihood of having further troubles in the future with the skin cancer as long as it is properly treated.
There a few exceptions :
Lips - Squamous cell carcinomas of either the lip ( particularly lower lip) does have an increased risk of travelling to the surrounding lymph nodes (glands). This can be up to 9% risk .You will therefore see your doctor take such a lesion very seriously.
If an SCC of the lip is identified early the vast majority are cured by routine measures but it is very important to protect your lips ( particularly your lower lip ) from UV radiation. High SPF ( 30 +) lip balm should be worn by anyone spending significant time outdoors. Outdoor workers have a greatly increased risk of SCC of the lower lip . Historically this group has been predominantly males but this is changing now and all outdoors workers need to routinely use high SPF sun protection including on their lips. A hat is not sufficient and we are all aware your lower lip often sits below the shade provided by the brim of your hat.
Basal cell carcinomas are a local problem but are often diagnosed later in particular areas and are thought to tend to be more aggressive and therefore require more aggressive treatment when identified in those sites.
These sites are in the skin crease behind your ear, in the skin crease where the base of your nose meets your cheek and upper lip and near the corner of your eye.
The vast majority of melanomas are found on peoples skin ( cutaneous melanoma) and the treatment generally follows the same guidelines irrespective of the site on the body. The challenge can be that when a person presents with a melanoma on their ear , eyelid or nose it can be difficult to achieve the recommended surgical margins and so a more complex reconstruction may be required.
Fortunately melanoma of other areas of the body other than skin are rare but they do occur (lips, oral mucosa, vagina ,bowel).People who are found to have melanoma of one of these areas need highly specialized care and very personalized advice. They usually need to be treated by teams with multiple doctors who can be involved in their care.
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