How to Spot Skin Cancer: Melanoma
Melanoma is often considered the most serious form of skin cancer because it can spread from the skin to other parts of the body. However, melanoma is highly treatable when detected early. Performing month self-skin exams are a key component in skin cancer detection.
Only 20-30% of melanomas are found in existing moles
What is Melanoma?
Melanoma is a skin cancer due to the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes are responsible for giving your skin and hair color.
Helpful tips to Help Detect melanoma
- “Ugly Duckling Sign” – look for moles that are very different in shape, color, or behavior compared to your other moles
- In children, melanoma can appear as a growing pink or red bump that may or may not bleed