Risk Assessment Quiz
Take a moment to check off any of these 10 questions that apply to you. If you checked off any of these questions, you may have a higher risk for melanoma and should speak with your doctor. Your doctor can recommend steps you should take for finding melanoma early and how to prevent it.
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Melanoma sometimes runs in families, so people with 2 or more close relatives who have had melanoma have an increased risk of developing melanoma themselves.
Certain types of moles can increase your risk of getting melanoma, such as atypical moles called dysplastic nevi.
People who have already had melanoma have an increased risk of getting melanoma in another place.
People with a weakened immune system due to certain cancers or drugs given following organ transplants have an increased risk of getting melanoma.
The risk of melanoma is greater for people with a large number of ordinary moles.
People who have had one or more severe, blistering sunburns as a child or teenager have an increased risk for melanoma. Sunburns in adulthood are also a risk factor for melanoma.
Melanoma occurs more often in people with fair skin that freckles easily.
Melanoma occurs more often in people with fair skin that burns easily. People who have red or blond hair and blue eyes and are fair-skinned have less melanin in their skin and therefore less protection against the sun's damaging UV rays.
Studies have shown that the use of an indoor tanning bed increases one's likelihood of developing melanoma.
If you must be in the sun, wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Your Risk Assessment
Even if none of the statements above apply to you, but you have a mole that you are concerned about, you may want to speak to your doctor.