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Who Is Most At Risk Of Melanoma?

Did you know if you get sunburnt between the ages of 10 and 19 that the chances of you getting skin cancer are almost trebled. Having regular Mole Checks is vital to allow the early detection of skin cancer Our table tells you the facts of who is most at risk.


Melanoma Risk Profile


Risk Factor Relative Risk(Times Normal)
New mole or changing pre-existing mole 10 to 400
Dysplastic naevi, previous melanoma and family history of melanoma 121 to 1138
Dysplastic naevi, no previous melanoma and family history of melanoma 14 -299
Congenital naevus (mole present at birth) 1.2 to 1.3
Number of Dysplastic Naevi  
5 – 9 4.9
> 10 12
> 5 and many freckles 21
> 10 naevi > 2mm and < 5 mm 3.4
> 100 naevi (any size) 7.6
> 100 naevi (any size) 10
Previous melanoma 3.1 to 5 at 10 years
PUVA treatment (ultraviolet skin treatment for e.g. acne) 5 to 10
First degree relative with melanoma 8
Immunosuppression (e.g. previous chemotherapy) 2 to 8
Sun induced freckles 2 to 4
Fair skin with inability to tan 1.3 to 1.6
Red hair 4.1
Blue eyes 1.4
> sun burns / year  
Age 10 to 19 2.7
Age 20 to 29 1.7
Age 30 to 39 1.7
Age 40 to 49 0.94

 

This list was compiled from a variety of studies. When considering your risk you should consider that the average risk of melanoma in Queensland is 1 in 19