Can exposure to the sun increase the risk of melanoma?

Infrequent but intense exposure to the sun, the kind that sometimes leads to sunburn, can increase a person’s risk for melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

As many as 90 percent of melanomas are estimated to be caused by ultraviolet (UV) exposure, which is the most preventable cause of skin cancer, according to the 2014 U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action for prevention.

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How does melanoma affect Hispanic people?
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What causes melanoma?
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Can people with dark skin get melanoma?
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Are African Americans less likely to develop melanoma than Caucasians?
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