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Title: Melanoma epidemiology.
Authors: Tucker MA
Journal: Hematol Oncol Clin North Am
Date: 2009 Jun
Branches: GEB
PubMed ID: 19464592
PMC ID: PMC3234163
Abstract: Melanoma is a complex, heterogeneous cancer that continues to increase in incidence. Multiple studies have consistently identified major host and environmental risk factors for melanoma. Nevi, particularly dysplastic nevi, confer much higher risks than most pigmentary characteristics. Ultraviolet radiation exposure is the predominant environmental risk factor for melanoma. Recently, both rare high risk susceptibility genes and common polymorphic genes contributing to melanoma risk have been identified.