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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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Metastatic Melanoma

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. When it spreads to other places in your body, it's called metastatic, or advanced, melanoma. It's also called stage IV melanoma. Although in most cases it can't be cured, treatments and support can help you live longer and better. Doctors have new treatments for metastatic melanoma that have greatly increased survival rates. Also, researchers are working to find new medications that can do even more. Remember: You still have control over the decisions you make...

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Last Updated: October 12, 2012
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