Many factors can increase your risk for developing melanoma. These risk factors include:

  • Fair skin, light eyes
  • Many freckles
  • Severe, blistering sunburns as a child or adult
  • Family history of melanoma
  • Having had melanoma in the past
  • Non-cancerous, unusual looking moles (called dysplastic nevi)
  • More than 50 moles on the skin
  • A weakened immune system
  • Exposure to UV radiation from tanning salons and tanning beds