- Hazel Hudson
What is Melanoma?
Tips and Facts
Ten Facts about Melanoma
- The skin cancer is started in the melanocytes, which produces the melanin that gives skin its color.
- Melanoma clusters together, forming “nevi”, or moles.
- Because of a genetic change, like exposure to UV rays, can cause malfunction, like melanoma cancer.
- The skin growth can damage or block out healthy cells; this is called cancer.
- Spreads downward into the bloodstream, so it can cause other cancers if not caught early.
Can spread downward into the blood vessels.
The blood could carry the cancer to other parts of the body, like the brain.
The genetic change that causes melanoma is usually UV ray damaging exposure.
Tanning in the sun or using tanning beds is thought to be one the main causes of melanoma.
People with lighter skin are more likely to contract melanoma.
Five ways to Improve or Prevent Melanoma
- Do not use tanning salons, and try not to tan in the sun for too long.
- Broad-spectrum sunscreen should be worn during a long time spent in direct sunlight.
- Try to stay in the shade between 10 a.m and 4 p.m.
- Treat sunburns immediately.
- Usually wear clothes that cover the arms and legs when outside.
- Open skin that won't heal
- Multicolored spots or moles
- Clusters of skin growths that may start to bleed
- Any moles changing shape or size in a relatively short amount of time
- Uneven color in skin
- Irregular shape or perimeter of a mole
- Other cancers forming directly after noticed symptoms
The Cure to Melanoma
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