Expert Video - What are the risk factors for melanoma?

Dr. Jeffrey Weber, a melanoma expert, discusses some of the well-known risk factors for developing melanoma. Although there are several risk factors, it's important to understand that having one or more risk factors does not necessarily mean you will develop cancer and that no one is entirely risk-free. He describes how lifetime sun exposure, the tendency to get a sunburn instead of a tan, and even travel habits can affect melanoma risk. Dr. Weber also discusses genetic mutations associated with melanoma risk, including the P16 mutation in families. Whether you feel you are at risk for melanoma or not, it's important to be familiar with your skin and to do monthly self-exams to look for any changes or abnormalities. It's also important to have regular skin cancer screenings.

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This educational activity has been developed by the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF), and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.

This activity is supported by independent educational grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Foundation Medicine, Genentech, Iovance Biotherapeutics, Merck, Natera, and Novartis.

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