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Will melanoma affect my sex life?

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If you find and treat melanoma in the early stages, your sex life probably won't change much. If you need chemo and other treatments, though, you may need to adjust.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Can melanoma skin cancer be found early?" "What are the risk factors for melanoma skin cancer?" "What happens after treatment for melanoma skin cancer?" "Talking With Friends and Relatives About Your Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Protecting Your Skin From the Sun," "Sharing Your Story," "Recognizing Milestones," "Post-Traumatic Growth and Cancer," "Melanoma: After Treatment," "Healthy Living After Cancer."

University of Pennsylvania OncoLink: "Men's Guide to Sexuality During & After Cancer Treatment."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Sexuality & Cancer."

Dana Farber Cancer Institute: "Sexual intimacy during cancer treatment."

Skin Cancer Foundation: "Melanoma - Treatments."

Melanoma Research Foundation: "A diagnosis of melanoma affects everyone differently."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 1, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Can melanoma skin cancer be found early?" "What are the risk factors for melanoma skin cancer?" "What happens after treatment for melanoma skin cancer?" "Talking With Friends and Relatives About Your Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Protecting Your Skin From the Sun," "Sharing Your Story," "Recognizing Milestones," "Post-Traumatic Growth and Cancer," "Melanoma: After Treatment," "Healthy Living After Cancer."

University of Pennsylvania OncoLink: "Men's Guide to Sexuality During & After Cancer Treatment."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Sexuality & Cancer."

Dana Farber Cancer Institute: "Sexual intimacy during cancer treatment."

Skin Cancer Foundation: "Melanoma - Treatments."

Melanoma Research Foundation: "A diagnosis of melanoma affects everyone differently."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 1, 2018

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