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Melanoma Cancer & Symptoms Information

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Posted 03/10/13

Melanoma is a common type of skin cancer. It results mainly from too much sun on the skin and particularly sunburn. If there is a history in the family of melanoma, then this is recognised as a factor that could increase the chances of melanoma cancer developing.

When it comes to treating melanoma, detecting the skin cancer and removing the affected melanoma (cancerous moles) is the best treatment in the first instance.

Generally, most melanomas can be prevented. As sunlight is the underlying cause, the best way to avoid melanoma is to adhere to sun protection recommendations and avoid prolonged exposure from direct sunlight.

When it comes to skin cancer there are 3 types, but melanoma is the most serious.

Melanoma Symptoms and Cancerous Moles:

Melanoma Skin Cancer Types
Melanoma Symptoms and Types

Melanoma is possibly the most harmful of all skin cancer types. It can present very quickly with no forewarning however it may also start inside an existing freckle or mole – anywhere on the body. Melanoma may grow very quickly and spread.

Melanoma can penetrate under the top layer of the skin very quickly. This is the reason that early detection from MoleMap is important. The earlier melanoma is detected the greater the chances are to avoid development of cancerous moles.

The positive news is that the vast majority of people with melanoma in the early stages will go on to recover fully.

A.B.C.D. of Melanoma Symptoms and Types

Melanoma - Moles Cancerous

Melanoma - Cancerous Moles
Melanoma Cancer
Melanoma Symptoms

Signs of Cancerous Moles

Not all melanoma cancer will be applicable to the A.B.C.D. guideline described here. Here are some other precautions to look out for:

  • a mole that appears different to other moles on your body
  • a mole that may change its colour, shape or dimensions
  • new lesions on the skin
  • itching or bleeding moles or lesions

Do not wait or ignore any of these signs if you notice them. Seek professional advice or arrange a MoleMap mole check.

Remember, detecting melanoma early and receiving treatment can significantly diminish the risk of developing cancerous moles.

If you are worried about an area of skin or a mole, please call 0800 MOLEMAP (0800 665 3627) or book an appointment online now.

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