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Melanoma Skin Cancer

The most serious type of cancer affecting the skin, melanoma begins when melanocytes (pigment cells) gradually become more abnormal and divide without control or order. In many people, the first sign is a mole that:
 
  • Changes in size, shape, or color
  • Has irregular edges or borders
  • Is more than one color
  • Is asymmetrical (if the mole is divided in half, the two halves are different in size or shape).
 
Fortunately, if it is discovered early enough, melanoma can usually be treated with minor surgery. Sun exposure, especially excessive exposure that leads to bad, blistering sunburns, is an important and avoidable risk factor.
 
(For more information on what causes this form of skin cancer, how a healthcare provider may diagnose it, and more, click Melanoma.)

Melanoma Skin Cancer

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