The most serious and dangerous form of skin cancer. Melanoma forms in the melanocytes cells of the skin, which are responsible for producing the pigment which gives skin its colour called melanin. While melanoma is the least common skin cancer, it grows much faster than other types and are more likely to spread to other parts of the body.
Melanoma may appear as a new or existing spot that changes in size, shape or colour over several weeks to months. They often have irregular edges, a flat or slightly raised surface, and multiple colours within one spot.
The earlier a melanoma is found, the more successful the treatment will be. Most melanoma are removed with a surgical excision.
The ABCDE of Melanoma: clues that could indicate your mole is actually a melanoma.
A – Asymmetry: one half of the mole does not match the other.
B – Border: the edges of the mole are irregular and uneven.
C – Colour: there are multiple colours or changing shades present.
D – Diameter: the mole is larger than 6mm in diameter.
E – Evolving: the mole has changed in size, shape, or colour.