Although melanoma is a less common type of skin cancer, it is considered the most serious because it grows quickly and is more likely to spread to other parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes, lungs, liver, brain and bones, especially if not found early.
- The earlier melanoma is found, the more successful treatment is likely to be.
- Can appear in a new or an existing spot, freckle or mole that changes colour, size or shape.
- Grows over weeks to months anywhere on the body (not just areas that get lots of sun).
- Occurs most frequently on the upper back in males and on the lower body in females