Malignant Melanoma – Most Dangerous Skin Cancer Rising
The incidence of malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, has increased in the elderly by almost 10-fold since the 1970’s. The full story can be found here
It is already reported that the incidence of melanoma across the UK population has increased by 5-fold during this period, but this news about the startling increase in the elderly population is a newly reported finding.
About half of melanomas appear in pre-existing moles, whilst the rest arise in ordinary skin. New moles are normal throughout life and are not commonly malignant. Here’s a reminder about what to look out for in the event that you are worried about malignant melanoma.
As previously discussed in these pages, these are the top 5 things to look out:
- Rapidly growing, enlarging or new moles
- Moles that change shape and become irregular or asymmetrical
- Blurring of the borders of a mole
- Changing colour, particularly darkening, or more variations of colour appearing
- Ulceration or bleeding
Remember – if you have any fears about a mole, get it checked out as soon as possible, either by your GP or a consultant dermatologist. The key thing to treating cancer is to treat is EARLY.
If in doubt, get your moles checked!