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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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    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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