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.