Melanoma Awareness Week 14th -21st November

14 November 2016, Cancer

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. It can spread rapidly and can be life-threatening if left untreated.

Melanoma develops from skin cells called melanocytes (pigment cells) and it occurs when melanocytes divide uncontrollably and form a mass of cancerous cells. These are found in the deeper layers of the skin and produce a protein called melanin. Melanin protects the skin by absorbing harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

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Infographic on Skin Cancer Melanoma in New Zealand

 

About half of all melanomas are first found by the person themselves. Early identification of a melanoma can lead to earlier and more effective treatment.