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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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Note: Separate PDQ summaries on Skin Cancer Prevention, Skin Cancer Treatment, and Levels of Evidence for Cancer Screening and Prevention Studies are also available. Interventions The only widely proposed screening procedure for skin cancer is visual examination of the skin, including both self-examination and clinical examination. Benefits In asymptomatic populations, the effect of visual skin examination on mortality from nonmelanomatous skin cancers is unknown. Further, the evidence...

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Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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