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Melanoma risk factors

Below is a list of risk factors for malignant melanoma patients:

  • Many common and/or clinically atypical melanocytic nevi
  • Large congenital melanocytic nevi
  • History of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer
  • Family history of large numbers of melanocytic or atypical nevi and/or melanoma
  • Severe, painful and blistering sunburns, particularly in childhood
  • Intensive sun exposure
  • Inability to tan or skin phototypes I & II
  • Red or blonde hair, light eye colour, tendency to freckle
  • Immunosuppression
  • Use of sunbeds and sunlamps
  • Prior photochemotherapy (PUVA) as medical treatment
  • Increasing age