What Is Melanoma
Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that arises from melanocytes - the cells that produce pigment. Melanoma may begin in association with a mole. Melanocytes produce a pigment called melanin that gives the skin its colour and protects it from sun damage. Darker skin has more melanin and more protection. Melanocytes often cluster together and form moles (nevi). Most moles are benign, but some may go on to become malignant melanomas. Read more
What Causes Melanoma
Sunlight is the main environmental agent that causes melanoma. However, the exact wavelengths of sunlight that cause melanoma are unknown. Research has shown that people with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop melanoma. A risk factor is anything that increases a personís chance of developing a disease. Still, many get this disease with no known risk factors. Read more
Melanomas are highly curable if caught early and have not spread beyond the site where they developed. Read more
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