Recognising Melanoma

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Melanoma is the third most common type of skin cancer. Due to its ability to grow and spread quickly - with the potential to become life-threatening in as little as six weeks - it is considered the most serious type of skin cancer. If untreated, it can spread rapidly to other areas of the body.

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I present in shades of pigment – from black, to skin-toned. My size ranges from millimetres to centimetres. Flat and masquerading as a freckle, or raised and mole-like, I may be completely symptomless. I am a melanoma.

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Jan Riley
Jan Riley is a retired specialist dermatology nurse and nurse educator. She was certified with the Dermatology Nurses Association (USA) and has strong professional links with the British Dermatology Nurses Group and the New Zealand Dermatology Nurses Society.
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Felicity Medhurst
25 Jan 2021
Good refresher article, short and easy to read.
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Joanne Goller
26 Aug 2020
Good content
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Alison Boyd
25 Jan 2021
good & informative
Bina Baniya
02 Apr 2021
Great resource!
Jillian Houlahan
09 Jan 2022
Good resource
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Linda Mosey
05 Apr 2021
This article refreshed my knowledge about recognising melanomas.
Joanne Millard
25 Jan 2021
Good information, I didn’t know that melanoma could develop so rapidly.
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emilia Mazzei
07 Sep 2020
Valuable information.
Mervyn McAllister
19 Sep 2020
Good overview of skin lesions
margaret gillett
25 Jan 2021
good clear facts
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