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What’s Your Melanoma Risk?

What’s Your Melanoma Risk?

You may be aware of the usual suspects that’ll put you at a higher risk for melanoma: history of blistering sunburns; red or blonde hair; tanning beds; outdoor summer jobs as a teen; and a family history of melanoma, to name a few of the big ones. But new research shows there are other risk factors unrelated to sun exposure that should put everyone on alert, says Darrell S. Rigel, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center.

  • Women with a prior history of breast cancer have a twofold to threefold risk of developing melanoma.
  • Women with a prior history of thyroid cancer have a twofold risk of developing melanoma.
  • Women and men with a history of noncancerous moles and a family history of melanoma have a 50 percent greater risk of developing melanoma.

If you have one of these risk factors, be sure to see your dermatologist for a full-body scan at least once a year. It’s also smart to do self-exams each month to monitor changes in skin spots and moles.

Most importantly, don’t forget the toxin-free sunscreen! Even in non-summer months, it’s always important to use sun protection. For more information on sunscreen, see Do You Know What’s in Your Sunscreen?

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12:55AM PDT on May 9, 2013

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

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6:12AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Thank you

7:07PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

It is interesting to know that sun/baby oil/iodine are not the only causes of skin cancer. I have had at least 25 moles removed and 1/2 were either pre-cancer (which requires more removal) or cancer (which is definite removal and of a much larger area). I can accept the additional causes, but let me tell you, I cringe and shutter with the most of horror when I hear the girls saying "I have to get darker, this isn't dark enough." I hope some day something will get thru to them and not when they are on their deathbeds from skin cancer.

7:37PM PDT on Apr 1, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:23AM PDT on Mar 30, 2011

good article

8:28AM PDT on Aug 23, 2010

Thanks for the article- multiple blistering sunburns as a young child have me scuttling away from direct sunlight like a vampire (or using copious amount of high SPF sunscreen).

2:42PM PDT on Aug 17, 2010

Thank you.

1:03AM PDT on Aug 17, 2010

Thanks for these. It's good practice to get your moles checked regularly, the more I learn about the French medical system, the more I find out what the health system is expecting you to do regularly - I guess the health system would rather cover frequent check ups than having to pay for anything advanced.

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