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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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Interventions With Inadequate Evidence as to Whether They Reduce Risk of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer

Sunscreen Use and Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation Avoidance Benefits The evidence that interventions designed to reduce exposure to UV radiation by the use of sunscreen, protective clothing, or limitation of sun exposure time decrease the incidence of nonmelanoma skin cancer is inadequate. A randomized study suggested a possible reduction in incidence of squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), but study design and analysis problems complicate interpretation of the results.[1,2] Magnitude...

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Last Updated: July 29, 2013
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