Melanomas are the deadliest form of skin cancer. Melanomas can develop from moles or skin lesions that have changed in appearance, but most do not.
To identify a melanoma, follow the ABCDE’s.
The area around a melanoma can become red swollen, itchy or burning. Melanomas can grow anywhere on the body. On men, they typically occur on the upper back; on women, they often occur on the legs. Older persons have melanomas occur on the face, scalp, ears, and neck.
Melanomas grow rapidly and spread to other organs including the brain. To confirm a diagnosis of a melanoma, a biopsy must be performed by a doctor. Early detection is important.
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