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Melanoma


Melanoma: Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, develops in the cells that produce melanin. Melanin is the pigment that gives your skin its colour. Melanoma can also form in your eyes and internal organs such as your intestines.

The most common sign of melanoma is the appearance of a new mole or a change in an existing mole. This can happen anywhere on the body, but the back, legs, arms and face are most commonly affected. In most cases, melanomas have an irregular shape and more than one colour. They may also be larger than normal moles and can sometimes be itchy or bleed.

The exact cause of all melanomas is not clear but exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight or tanning lamps and beds increases your risk of developing melanoma. Limiting your exposure to UV radiation can help reduce your risk of melanoma.


See your doctor if you notice any change to your moles. Your doctor will refer you to a specialist clinic or hospital if they think you have melanoma.

MOLES


Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

 


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