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What increases my risk for nodular melanoma?

Several factors, both genetic and environmental, may increase your risk of nodular melanoma. Nodular melanoma affects males more commonly than females, and it is seen most often in older people. Because of this, your risk may be increased if you are a man over age 50. If a family member has had melanoma, you are at a higher risk of the disease. Other genetic risk factors include having more than 50 moles or having any irregular moles. Environmental risk factors, such as excessive sun exposure, may also increase the risk of developing nodular melanoma.

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