Is it a Melanoma or just a Mole?

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What is a Melanoma?

There are cells in your skin called melanocytes which produce melanin. Melanin is a pigment that gives you your skin colour. Melanoma is a serious type of skin cancer which can develop in melanocytes. It can occur anywhere in the body such as your face, arms, legs, back and even eyes. Although the exact cause is not clear frequent exposure to Ultra Violet (UV) rays in sun light increases your risk of developing a melanoma. They can also occur in areas like palms, soles and finger nail beds where there is minimal sun exposure. They can even occur in vagina, urinary tract, digestive tract and inside mouth as hidden melanomas. Melanoma can occur as a development of an unusual growth in your skin or new onset irregular pigmentation. If an existing mole suddenly changes its colour and shape and starts growing rapidly, melanoma should be suspected.

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