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Cause

Melanoma is most often caused by too much exposure to the sun's UV rays. Examples include:1

  • Having had blistering sunburns at any time of life.
  • Getting intense sun exposure every now and then.

Things that make getting melanoma more likely include your skin type, the color of your hair, and the color of your eyes.

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Description of the Evidence

Background Incidence and mortality There are three main types of skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma (together with basal cell carcinoma referred to as nonmelanoma skincancer). Melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common forms of skin cancer but have substantially better prognoses than the less common, generally more aggressive melanoma. Nonmelanoma skin cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer...

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Last Updated: July 29, 2013
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