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Who gets nodular melanomas?

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It’s a dangerous form of melanoma, or skin cancer, that grows quickly. One main cause of nodular melanomas is the UV light from the sun and tanning beds. Anyone can develop nodular melanoma. But it’s more common in men than women. The disease is most often found in men ages 50 and older.

You’re more likely to get the cancer if you have one or more of the following:

  • A family member who has or had skin cancer
  • Pale skin that burns easily
  • More than a few unusual-looking moles
  • A history of spending lots of time in the sun

From: What Is Nodular Melanoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Laura Korb Ferris, MD, PhD, associate professor of dermatology, University of Pittsburgh; director of clinical trials, University of Pittsburgh Department of Dermatology.

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Types of Melanoma.”

American Cancer Society: “What Is Melanoma Skin Cancer?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Melanoma.”

JAMA Dermatology : “The Contribution of Nodular Subtype to Melanoma Mortality in the United States, 1978 to 2007.”

JAMA Dermatology : “History, Clinical, and Dermoscopic Characteristics of Thin Nodular Melanoma.”

Journal of Medical Case Reports : “Nodular Melanoma Presenting With Rapid Progression and Widespread Metasases: A Case Report.”

American Cancer Society: “Treating Melanoma Skin Cancer.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 12, 2017

SOURCES:

Laura Korb Ferris, MD, PhD, associate professor of dermatology, University of Pittsburgh; director of clinical trials, University of Pittsburgh Department of Dermatology.

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Types of Melanoma.”

American Cancer Society: “What Is Melanoma Skin Cancer?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Melanoma.”

JAMA Dermatology : “The Contribution of Nodular Subtype to Melanoma Mortality in the United States, 1978 to 2007.”

JAMA Dermatology : “History, Clinical, and Dermoscopic Characteristics of Thin Nodular Melanoma.”

Journal of Medical Case Reports : “Nodular Melanoma Presenting With Rapid Progression and Widespread Metasases: A Case Report.”

American Cancer Society: “Treating Melanoma Skin Cancer.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 12, 2017

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