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Skin cancer (melanoma)

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Introduction
Melanoma is a rare and serious type of cancer that begins in the skin and can spread to other organs in the body.
Symptoms of melanoma
The first sign of a melanoma is often the appearance of a new mole or a change in the appearance of an existing mole.
Causes of melanoma
The exact cause of melanoma is not known, although most cases are closely linked to the effect of ultraviolet (UV) light on the skin.
Diagnosing melanoma
A diagnosis of melanoma will usually begin with a visit to your GP who will examine your skin and decide if you need further assessment by a specialist.
Treating melanoma
Surgery is the main treatment for melanoma, although it often depends on your individual circumstances.
Preventing melanoma
The best way to prevent all types of skin cancer is to avoid overexposure to the sun.
'I never thought I’d be at risk'
Kate was diagnosed with malignant melanoma after a routine check on a mole.
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