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What increases my risk for polypoid melanoma?

Several factors, both genetic and environmental, may increase your risk for polypoid melanoma. Polypoid melanoma affects males more commonly than females, so your risk may be increased if you're a male. If a family member has had melanoma, you are at a higher risk for 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 polypoid melanoma.

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