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Melanoma What Everyone Needs To Know
May 2019

Melanoma What Everyone Needs To Know

While the skin is the largest organ of the human body, it is also the one that protects the internal organs. It acts as a shield to keep the inside safe and smoothly functioning, which shows up externally. Melanoma is a skin cancer that can cause you an unfavourable experience. Here’s what you must know about it.

Melanoma is a serious type of skin cancer that can spread quickly to other parts of the body if left untreated. Melanoma can appear as a change to an existing mole, gradually growing patch of thick skin that looks like a scar, new spot or patch on your skin, dark streak under a fingernail or toenail, or a band of darker skin around a fingernail or toenail.

Causes Melanoma develops in the cells (melanocytes) that create melanin which is the pigment that gives your skin its colour. It can also occur in eyes or very rarely in internal organs such as intestines. The exact cause of melanoma is not known. A combination of factors, including genetic and environmental factors causes melanoma.