Health Tip: Risk Factors for Melanoma
The most serious form of skin cancer
(HealthDay News) - Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. While it can be treated when caught early, it can spread and become deadly over time.
It is important to inspect your skin carefully and regularly to check for any new or changing moles or colored patches.
The Skin Cancer Foundation says you are at greater risk for melanoma if you have any of these risk factors:
- Having prolonged or frequent exposure to the sun or UV rays, especially if you don't wear sunscreen.
- Having a lot of moles.
- Having fair skin.
- Having a family history of melanoma.
- Having been previously diagnosed with melanoma.
- Having an immune system weakened by chemotherapy, a recent organ transplant, HIV/AIDS, or lymphoma.
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