A risk factor is something that raises your chances of getting a health problem. You can have melanoma with or without those listed below. The more you have, the greater your chances of getting it. Ask your doctor what you can to do lower your risk.
Melanoma is common people between 40 and 60 years old, but risk is highest in people over 60 years old. It is also more likely to develop in men. But, this can depend on your age and where you live. Women carry a higher risk up to age 50. After 50 years, the risk is higher in men.
Melanoma risk is also higher for:
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 5/8/2019