Welcome to our team. I'm Cindy, the administrator.
I am glad to hear that you caught this mole on your leg just "in the nick of time." These malenomas, or "moles," just appear out of nowhere for no apparent reason or cause. It's just like the nurse said, it has nothing to do with your life style. You can be as healthy as anyone else and avoid the sun at the same time and still get skin cancer.
Skin cancer is caused by two things: too much sun exposure or too little sun exposure. Most people diagnosed with malignant malenomas due to too much sun exposure. The latter part, too little sun exposure, is caused from not getting any sun in that region of your skin at all. When our skin is exposed to the sun, it develops Vitamin D. The Vitamin D helps regulate our skin cell growth, thus, preventing cancerous growths. There are people with this rare skin disease, I can't think of the name of it, to where they cannot go out in the sun at all. These people have had serious cases of malenomas due to no sun exposure.
You don't have to be a blonde to get skin cancer. You can be a brunette, blonde, red head, you can be of African-American, Latin, or Indian descent and still get skin cancer. However, it is known that caucasian people are known to be mostly at risk because we have a fair complexion. I would recommend checking out the websites on the forum. They will supply you with the best research and knowledge out there.
Again, welcome to the team and best of wishes on your leg. I know you will be fine.
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