Melanomais the most serious form of skin cancer. Your genes can play a major role in melanoma, but the disease may often be triggered by intense, occasional sun exposure – the kind you get, say, on a beach vacation, when you come home sunburned. If melanomas grow for too long, they can spread and become deadly. However, if a melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable.
WARNING SIGNS: Moles, brown spots, and growths on the skin are usually harmless – but some can be dangerous. That is why it is so important to get to know your skin very well and recognize any
changes in the moles on your body. Anyone who has more than 100 moles, or any large, unusual moles, is at greater risk for melanoma.