Melanoma

melanoma

The incidence of melanoma in Australia continues to rise. The lifetime risk is now one in 24 Australian males and one in 35 Australian females.

  • The most dangerous skin cancer. Left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body.

  • Appears as a new spot, or an existing spot, freckle or mole that changes colour, size or shape. It can also have little or no pigment ( amelanotic melanoma )and be a whitish spot that grows or becomes irritable.

  • It often has an uneven or smudgy outline and more than one colour (multiple shades of brown & Black)

  • Grows over weeks to months anywhere on the body.

  • Early diagnosis and management before the melanoma has spread provides the best opportunity for a favourable outcome.

  • About 40 % of melanomas have some sort of genetic causal component.