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About melanoma: for patients
Author: Vanessa Ngan, Staff Writer; Copy Editor: Clare Morrison; Chief Editor: Dr Amanda Oakley, Dermatologist, Hamilton, New Zealand, October 2013. About Melanoma is sponsored by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated.
What is melanoma? Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that is sometimes dangerous.
Who gets melanoma? Melanoma can develop in anyone. More common in fair skin, dark-skinned people get melanoma too.
What causes melanoma? Melanoma is caused mostly by the effects of the sun.
Ban the tan! Avoid exposing your skin to the sun.
Clothes count. Dress up when outdoors.
Slap it on! Apply sunscreen daily.
Is any sun good for me? Very little sun is needed to make vitamin D
Spot the difference! Melanoma looks different from other spots.
Check your skin today. Self skin examinations and the Ugly Duckling sign.
See your doctor. Unsure? Ask for a total body skin examination.
Do I have melanoma? What now? Surgery to remove a suspicious spot.
Pathological diagnosis.Your skin sample is processed and viewed under a microscope.
How is melanoma removed? Re-excision ensures no melanoma remains in the skin.
Has my melanoma spread? Next steps depend on clinical stage of melanoma.
I have advanced melanoma: what now? Your multidisciplinary team will explain your options.
Surviving melanoma. Planning follow-up.
What's my outlook? Survival statistics.
Clinical trials. Take part in melanoma research.
Other resources. Patient support.
Our melanoma videos.
What is melanoma video (Dr Tina Tian).
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