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Melanoma (cont.)

Melanoma Risk Factors

    Light skin

    Proximity to the equator

    Large number of nevi

    Personal or family history of melanoma

    "Dysplastic nevus syndrome," characterized by an inherited predisposition to develop numerous, large irregularly pigmented nevi

    Presence of a very large congenital (present at birth) melanocytic nevus (bathing trunk congenital nevus)

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