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Melanoma: More At Risk

High Risk Groups

  • Exposure to UV radiation is the biggest risk factor. Most of this exposure takes place during the childhood. Those who are involved with jobs that keep them outdoor for a long time are also at risk.
  • Presence of atypical moles (dysplastic nevi).
  • White race. People who have fair skin that burns rather than tans, red hair, or blue eyes are at a higher risk.
  • Previous melanoma or other skin cancer. Family history of melanoma.
  • Other cancers such as leukemia or lymphoma.
  • Impaired immune system.
  • PUVA treatment which is used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis.


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