Todays Health Tip: Melanoma Facts and its prevention

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Melanoma Facts

Melanoma skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.

It can develop anywhere on the body – eyes, scalp, nails, feet, mouth, etc. However, it does not discriminate by age, race or gender.

The damage occurs in a type of skin cell called a melanocyte. Melanocytes make a brown pigment called melanin. It protects the deeper layers of the skin from some of the harmful effects of the sun

A mole that itches, oozes, bleeds, or is ulcerated is also suspect and should be examined by a dermatologist.

Mucosal melanoma is a rare form of melanoma that develops in the sinuses, nasal passages, oral cavity, vagina, anus and other areas, making up about 1% of cases.

Nearly 90% caused by exposure to UV light and sunlight

Moreover, Ocular melanoma known for eye. It is the most common primary eye tumor in adults with around 2,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States.

According to the American Cancer Society men are twice as likely to develop skin cancer as women.

Although, it takes only one blistering sunburn. Especially at a young age, to more than double a person’s chance of developing melanoma later in life.