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Why melanoma skin cancer is increasing and what we can do

Published 3 days ago, by Roeland Pater


The global incidence of melanoma is increasing. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the incidence of malignant melanoma skin cancer in most developed countries has risen faster than any other cancer type since the mid-1950s. This increase is especially noticeable when looking at statistics from the US and UK. So why is this? And even more important, what can we do about it?

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What is melanoma in situ?

Published 13 days ago, by Roeland Pater


Melanoma begins in melanocyte cells found in the innermost layer of the epidermis. It occurs when those cells behave abnormally, clustering together, growing excessively and taking over surrounding tissues. Melanomas can develop from existing moles or skin growths, but, more commonly, they will start as a new growth.

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Melanoma: when to see a doctor

Published about 1 month ago, by Roeland Pater


The short answer is any time you notice a changing or suspicious mole or spot on your body as this is typically the first sign of melanoma. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. If left untreated, it can spread and become deadly. That’s why it’s important to know when it’s time to see a doctor and get treated.

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When melanoma comes back

Published about 1 month ago, by Roeland Pater

Recurrence is when cancer returns after treatment. It can happen with any type of cancer, including melanoma. Melanomas can come back at the original site of the primary melanoma, in the skin and tissue area around the original site, in the lymph nodes or in other places in the body such as internal organs.

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