Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can spread to other organs in the body.

There are about 8,100 new cases in men in the UK every year.

 


Symptoms can include

  • The most common sign of melanoma is the appearance of a new mole or a change in an existing mole. This can happen anywhere on the body, but the most commonly affected areas is the back in men. 

  • Melanomas are uncommon in areas that are protected from sun exposure, such as the buttocks and the scalp.

  • In most cases, melanomas have an irregular shape and are more than one colour.

  • The mole may also be larger than normal and can sometimes be itchy or bleed.

  • Look out for a mole that gradually changes shape, size or colour.

 

Lifestyle risk factors

  • Ultraviolet light from sun exposure or sunbed use.

 

Certain things can increase your chance of developing melanoma, such as having

  • Lots of moles or freckles

  • Pale skin that burns easily

  • Red or blonde hair

  • A close family member who's had melanoma

 


For more information about Skin Cancer (Melanoma)

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/melanoma-skin-cancer/

If you have any of these symptoms, or are concerned about any other signs, take action and get checked out by your doctor.

 

 

Source: NHS, 2020 and World Cancer Research Fund, 2019.