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Melanoma - What Is It?

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Malignant Melanoma is a type of skin cancer, which is life-threatening. Melanoma can start from either within a mole or freckle or from normal looking skin, which then starts to grow larger and change in appearance.

Melanomas can occur anywhere on the body, not only in areas that get a lot of sun. The most common site in men is the back (around 40% of melanomas), and the most common site in women is the leg (around 40%).

Although Melanoma usually starts as a skin lesion, it can also grow on mucous membranes such as the lips or genitals. Occasionally it occurs in other parts of the body such as the eye, brain, vagina, mouth and nails.



skin cancer

the second most common in young people


the deadliest form of skin cancer

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