(HealthDay News) -- Melanoma is a dangerous form of skin cancer. Knowing your risk factors may help prevent melanoma and detect it early.
The U.S. National Cancer Institute says risk factors for melanoma include:
Significant exposure to sunlight's ultraviolet rays. Sunscreen can help prevent UV rays from damaging the skin.
Use of tanning booths.
Having had a severe, blistering sunburn.
Living in an area where the sun is strongest.
Having a personal or family history of skin cancer.
Having 50 or more "common moles."
Having very fair skin that burns easily.