Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Malignant Melanoma Risk Factors

Risk factors for malignant melanoma include:

  • Age over 50
  • Previous melanoma
  • Prior non-melanoma skin cancer:
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Blond or red hair
  • Blue eyes
  • Family history of malignant melanoma
  • Freckling on the upper back
  • History of sun sensitivity:
    • History of 3 or more blistered sunburns prior to age 20
    • History of 3 or more years of an outdoor summer job as a teenager
  • Large moles
    • Atypical mole syndrome
    • Familial atypical mole-melanoma syndrome
  • History of multiple dysplastic moles (biopsy)
  • Occupation working outside

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Last Updated: Oct 26, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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