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MELANOMA

Not the commonest, but it is the DEADLIEST

It likes to migrate and grow

Keys facts about MELANOMA;

 

  • Malignant Melanoma (MM) is the least common but, the most dangerous of all the skin cancers.

  • It accounts for majority of skin cancer deaths.

  • MM readily spreads to other organs in the body, such as the brain, bones, liver, lungs, and bowel.

  • Not all melanomas are easy to identify, even by experienced eyes.  Melanomas although are often pigmented, can also be non-pigmented (amelanotic). 

  • Melanoma develops from a pre-existing mole only 50% of the time.

  • Some skin conditions such as; Dysplastic nevus syndrome, can increase the risk of developing Melanoma.

  • Melanoma can occur at any age, though is very rare before puberty. Despite this, we encourage that if there is any question about any mole, at any age, we advise to have it checked.

  • Family History of melanoma is IMPORTANT, as there is increasing genetic evidence within family lines.

  • Melanoma, although often seen in areas of sun damage, can occur in areas that rarely see the sun. This is especially if there is any genetic predisposition.

  • Melanoma can occur on ANY skin type. Although many people relate skin cancer to fairer skinned individuals, Melanoma is NOT exclusive. Bob Marley died of Malignant Melanoma under his toenail.

  • If diagnosed EARLY, nearly all melanomas are CURABLE

 
When to get a SKIN CHECK, regardless of when your recall date for your next one is;
  • New mole/ spot
  • Changing/ growing mole
  • Non-symmetrical
  • A mole/spot that looks different from the others on your body
  • Bleeding
  • Ulcerating
  • Peeling
  • Tingling
  • Painful to pinch/touch
     
Doctor Operating CT Scanner

MELANOMA

Watch for:
New mole/spot
Changing, growing
Non symmetry
Odd-one out
Bleeding
Ulcerating
Change in sensation
Tingling/Pain

EARLY detection = high CURABILITY