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Melanoma (cont.)

Melanoma Risk Factors

  • Light skin
  • Living closer to the equator
  • Large number of nevi (moles)
  • Personal or family history of melanoma
  • "Dysplastic nevus syndrome," characterized by an inherited predisposition to develop numerous, large irregularly pigmented moles
  • Presence of a very large congenital (present at birth) mole (bathing trunk congenital nevus)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2014

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