logo

A – Z of Illnesses & Conditions

Help: To find an Illness or Condition . Select a letter from A - Z of Illnesses & Conditions. Or Scroll lists. Or Use Search.

 

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
    


Health Issues

Mother Nature could have the answer to treating several causes of blindness, according to a ground-breaking study involving scientists from the University of Surrey

VIEW MORE

A $5.7 billion global medical bill to restore sight for the estimated 45 million people with cataracts could be slashed in half by a diet rich in colourful fruits and vegetables, according to an international study.

VIEW MORE

UK-based trade group the Health Food Manufacturers Association (HFMA) has written a formal letter of complaint to the BBC about a controversial BBC2 Horizon programme about the food supplements industry.

VIEW MORE