Family History of Melanoma
Last Modified: August 13, 2012
Does having a family history of melanoma increase my chances of getting it?
Christopher Miller, MD, Dermatologist & Moh's Surgeon at Penn Medicine responds:
A family history of melanoma does increase your chances of getting melanoma. If you have a first degree relative (e.g., mother, father, and sibling) with melanoma, your risk may be increased 2-8 times. We recommend a skin check by a professional for anyone with a family history of skin cancer.
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