What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is possibly the most serious form of skin cancer and can begin within an existing mole or can also appear out of the blue.

 

Melanoma is known to spread very quickly once it penetrates below the surface of the skin, which means it is very important to identify Melanoma as early as possible.  Early Melanoma may not have any noticeable symptoms but they usually appear as a changed or new mole.  Although not all show these characteristics, symptoms can often be described by the ABCD system:

 

Asymmetry – two halves of the mole are different from one another

Border – the edges are poorly defined.  The mole is ragged, notched, blurred or an irregular shape

Colour – the color is uneven with shades of black, brown and tan.  Melanomas may also be white, grey red, pink or blue

Diameter – there is a change, particularly an increase in size.  Melanomas are usually bigger than the end of a pencil (6mm) [Read more...]