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Transcript of Melanoma
Melanomas typically occur in the skin but may rarely occur in the mouth, intestines, or eye.
In women they most commonly occur on the legs, while in men they are most common on the back.
What is Melanoma?
How can you treat it?
What Causes Melanoma?
It's likely that a combination of factors, including environmental and genetic factors, causes melanoma.
Still, doctors believe exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and from tanning lamps and beds is the leading cause of melanoma.
Some Facts You Did not know
By: Sylvia Ray
Melanoma, also known as malignant melanoma, is a type of cancer that develops from the pigment-containing cells known as melanocytes.
It is a dark brown patch of skin, but can get worse with color it depends how bad you have it.
A normal mole is generally colored evenly (brown, black or tan), and are less than 6 mm in diameter (about the size of a pencil eraser). They can be flat or raised, and generally do not change over time.
Unusual moles, sores, lumps, blemishes, markings, or changes in the way an area of the skin looks or feels may be a sign of melanoma or another type of skin cancer, or a warning that it might occur.
The most important warning sign for melanoma is a new spot on the skin or a spot that is changing in size, shape, or color.