Melanoma Causes & Risk Factors
- Q What are the risk factors for developing melanoma?
There are several factors, both genetic and environmental, that may put you at risk for melanoma. If a family member has had melanoma, you are at a higher risk for the disease. Also, you are at a greater risk for melanoma if you have light hair and... Full Answer
- Q What causes melanoma?
Though the specific cause of melanoma is unknown, it appears that melanoma develops when there are problems with the DNA that controls skin cells. In people with melanoma, DNA is damaged and causes an overgrowth of skin cells, which results in a... Full Answer
- Q How do I reduce my melanoma risk?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineOnce you've got your daily sun, here's what you can do to make sure you protect yourself from harm: Year-round, rain or shine, make sure your food and supplements deliver a total of 1,000 IUs of vitamin D3 and 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily.... Full Answer
- Q Can people with dark skin get melanoma?
Even though fair-skinned and light-haired people are most at risk for developing melanoma, it's possible for people with dark skin to develop the disease, too. In people with darker skin tones, their skin naturally produces more melanin, or pigment,... Full Answer