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A 19-year-old female asked:

is melanoma rare in african americans?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: It's less common than in lighter-skinned folks but is by no means "rare" enough to ignore. Bob Marley died of acral-lentiginous melanoma as a young man; this subtype is actually famous for occurring in folks of African descent.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the risk factors for melanoma?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han answered
Dermatology 23 years experience
Multiple: Melanoma risk factors include fair skin, history of sunburns, excessive uv exposure such as from tanning beds, living near the equator or at higher elevations, many (>50) moles or unusual moles, family history of melanoma, and weakened immune system. We can reduce our risk by reducing sun exposure and observe sun safe practices.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who is at risk for melanoma?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
White people in sun: Sun damage can lead to melanoma and people with fair skin sustain more injury from the sun more rapidly than their darker skinned counterparts. Sun protection from a young age is very important. You can read more at www.Melanomafoundation.Org.
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How is melanoma diagnosed?

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Dr. Jeffrey Benabio
Dermatology 18 years experience
Skin biopsy: Melanoma is a skin cancer and is diagnosed by a skin biopsy.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

How long does melanoma take to spread?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
It varies: There are different kinds of melanoma and they grow at different rates. In all types, the deeper the melanoma grows in the skin, the more dangerous it is. Early detection is key, so have any lesions biopsied sooner rather than later. Learn more about abcd's at www.Melanomafoundation.Org.
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A 32-year-old male asked:

What are some of the risk factors for getting Melanoma?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The risk factors for getting Melanoma include:: Immunosuppression.

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