Font Size
A
A
A

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

Must Read Articles Related to Melanoma

Sentinel Node Biopsy
Sentinel Node Biopsy Sentinel node biopsy is a surgical procedure that doctors use to stage (determine the severity of) certain types of cancer in patients who have been recently di...learn more >>
Skin Biopsy
Skin Biopsy Your doctor may want to obtain a sample of skin in order to diagnose diseases of the skin, such as those caused by bacteria, fungi, or other chronic skin condit...learn more >>
Skin Cancer
Skin Cancer Skin cancer is the most common of all human cancers. Some form of skin cancer is diagnosed in more than 1 million people in the United States each year. Can...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Melanoma:

Melanoma - Patient Experience

Were you diagnosed with Melanoma? Please describe your experience.

Melanoma - Treatment

How was your melanoma treated?





Medical Dictionary