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What causes lentigo maligna melanoma?

Though the specific cause of lentigo maligna 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 cancerous melanoma. Lentigo maligna melanoma is almost always found on sun-exposed skin of older people, which suggests that a lifetime of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or tanning beds may lead to lentigo maligna melanoma.

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