Is it possible to have two different types of skin cancer at the same time?

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Is it possible to have two different types of skin cancer at the same time?


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Andrew Putnam, M.D. is a Palliative Care physician at Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale University.

Yes, it is possible to have two different types of skin cancer at the same time. Just as a person can get freckles in some places and not in others or tan differently on different parts of one's body, a person can get different skin cancers at different times or even have two different types at the same time. So it is important if a person develops skin cancer, that a doctor checks out that person's entire body to be sure that there are not other skin cancers also.