What Is My Risk of Developing Melanoma?
Take a moment to read these 10 questions. Click the box for any questions to which you answer yes. If you answer yes to any questions, you have a higher risk for developing melanoma and should speak to your doctor. Your doctor can recommend steps to help prevent melanoma and find it earlier if you do develop it.
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People who have already been diagnosed with melanoma have an increased risk of developing another melanoma elsewhere on their body.
If even one member of your immediate family has melanoma, you are at increased risk for developing it.
Having certain types of moles, such as atypical moles called dysplastic nevi, can increase your risk of developing 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 burns easily. People who have red or blond hair, blue or green eyes, and fair skin have less melanin in their skin and therefore less protection against the sun’s damaging UV rays.
Melanoma occurs more often in people with fair skin that freckles easily.
Use of indoor tanning beds, even once, is linked to an increase in the risk of developing melanoma.
The greater the total amount of sun exposure over a lifetime, the greater the chance of melanoma.
People whose immune system is weakened or suppressed by certain cancers, UV radiation, special drugs for organ transplants, or the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS may have an increased risk of developing melanoma.
Even if none of the statements above apply to you, but you have a mole that you are concerned about, promptly speak to your doctor.
You are at a greater risk for melanoma because you checked: