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What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a cancer of the pigment cells (melanocytes) in the skin. It is a very serious skin cancer that has the ability to metastasise or spread to other organs of the body. It can develop anywhere on the body, yet the most common places are on areas of the body that have been overly exposed to the sun.

Melanoma is the fifth most common form of cancer in the UK and rates of melanoma have been increasing steadily since the mid-1970s, more than any of the ten other most common cancers in both men and women. This is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

There are several types of melanomas, including:

+ Superficial Spreading Melanomas – these account for around 70% of all reported cases of melanoma in the UK. They are moles that spread radially and often have an irregular edge. In the radial growth phase, they usually remain confined to the skin and have not spread, but if they begin to grow deeper they can then metastasise to other parts of the body. If you have a mole with an irregular edge, get it examined by a doctor.

+ Lentigo Maligna Melanomas – these account for around 10% of all reported cases of melanoma in the UK. They often begin looking like a freckle on the face of the elderly and enlarge slowly. If they start to grow downwards and become nodular or change shape or pigmentation it is likely that melanoma has developed.

+ Acral Lentiginous Melanoma – these are a rare type of melanoma, accounting for only 5% of all reported cases. They occur on the palms of hands, the soles of feet or around a finger/toenail.

+ Amelanotic Melanoma – these are another rare type of melanoma, accounting for only 5% of all reported cases in the UK. They may have little or no colour or may be pink or greyish spots on the skin.

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