Risk Factors


Smoking Reduces Your Ability to Fight Deadly Skin Cancer

A new study suggests people with melanoma are 40 percent less likely to survive the disease if they’ve been a smoker within the past 10 years or so.

By Diane Domina

The BRAF Gene Mutation and You

What to know about this risk factor for melanoma and whether it can affect future generations.

By Elizabeth Millard

Follow-Up Care After Melanoma Treatment

Here's what you should know about getting the follow-up care after surgery for melanoma, and why it's important for preventing or spotting recurrances.

By Eileen Bailey

9 Things Melanoma Survivors Should Know

Your melanoma treatment is over. Now what? Here’s what you should know about follow-up care and life as a melanoma survivor.

By Eileen Bailey

What is Melanoma?

Learn more about the basics of melanoma and if you might be at risk.

By Heather LaBruna

The Most Dangerous Skin Cancer

Though melanoma is the rarest form of skin cancer, it is also potentially the most deadly.

By HealthAfter50

The Right Way to Apply Sunscreen

Many people fail to apply enough sunscreen, forget to reapply it after spending a long time in the sun, or use an expired product. Here’s how to get the most protection.

By HealthAfter50

How Much Do You Know About Metastatic Melanoma?

Metastatic melanoma can be a frightening diagnosis, but do you really know what it means? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.

By Allison Tsai