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7 Risk Factors for Melanoma

7 Risk Factors for Melanoma

Of the different types of skin cancer, melanoma is the most serious, as it spreads more quickly, affecting hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. Fortunately, early detection makes treatment more effective and can save your life. 

While anyone can develop melanoma, certain factors elevate your risk. At Manhattan Dermatology in New York City, our dermatologists specialize in early detection and treatment of melanoma and other skin conditions. 

Since our team understands the importance of catching melanoma early, we’ve gathered the information you need to protect yourself. Keep reading to learn about seven risk factors for melanoma and how to spot key changes that could signal something’s wrong. 

Risk factors for melanoma

Several known risk factors increase your chances of getting melanoma. We may talk to you about getting skin cancer screenings more frequently than once a year if you have one or more of these seven risk factors:

Regardless of how many risk factors you have, you should have an annual skin cancer screening to promote early detection. With early treatment, 99% of melanoma patients make a full recovery. 

By the time you notice an obvious abnormal spot or mole, melanoma may be in the later stages, making it more difficult to treat. 

Detecting melanoma early

You may worry that a new mole or freckle means you have skin cancer. While these skin developments can indicate skin cancer, they can also be a normal part of how your skin changes. Here’s a quick guide for the signs of melanoma:

This list is a good starting point to identify signs of melanoma, but it's difficult to spot problems since moles come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Use a trick called the ABCDE method to help you identify problem moles. Look for moles or spots with these characteristics: 

Learn more about your risk of developing melanoma by contacting us at Manhattan Dermatology. Our offices are in the Murray Hill or Midtown East sections of Manhattan. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online now.

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