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Skin Cancer

Causes and Risk Factors - Melanoma

Melanoma is less common than non-melanoma skin cancers like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, but it is more serious. The factors that increase a person's chance of getting melanoma are

  • unusual moles (normally benign clusters of melanocytes)
  • large quantity of ordinary moles (more than 50)
  • white or light-colored (fair) skin, especially with freckles.

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