Risk Factors:  Melanoma

Anyone can develop melanoma; however, the following increases one’s risk of developing this cancer:

bullet History of overexposure to the sun
bullet History of sunburns, especially ones that blistered
bullet Fair-skin
bullet Sun sensitivity
bullet Tan poorly, burn easily or tendency to freckle
bullet Family history of melanoma
bullet Moles on your skin
bullet 50-plus moles
bullet Unusual or irregular-looking mole
bullet Have had melanoma
bullet Weakened immune system; conditions that weaken the immune system include lymphoma, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and long-term treatment with medications used to prevent organ rejection
bullet Xeroderma pigmentosum, a rare inherited condition that makes one less able to repair damage caused by sunlight

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Excessive exposure to the ultraviolet radiation of the sun is the most important and preventable cause of melanoma.

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