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This page is designed to give
information about Malignant Melanoma.
All moles start life as benign or non
cancerous. Unfortunately some moles can change into
a type of skin cancer called Malignant Melanoma.
This is the most dangerous type of skin cancer affecting
mainly the young and it is essential to catch it early. It
is very much related to skin fairness and sun
exposure. This can be seen with the fact that it is
5-10times more common in Australia than the UK.
Prevention is avoidance of burning in the sun and
wearing appropriate clothing with high factor sun
cream. Symptoms may include itching or bleeding.
Follow these simple rules when
looking at a mole (the ABCDE).
it is not the same on both sides
it has irregular edges (1&2)
it has varying colours (1&2)
it measures more than 0.5cm (1&2)
it is not flat (1)
If you think you may have a
suspicious mole contact your GP for an opinion.