What is melanoma? How fast does melanoma spread in your body?


Melanoma and the sun UV rays: Exposure to ultraviolet or UV rays of the sun is the single most important cause of melanoma, which is the most serious form of skin cancer in terms of mortality. 

There is a very powerful link between episodes of sunburn in childhood and the subsequent development of melanomadue the accumulation of the effects of damage to the skin by sun rays. 

The cancer-inducing damage to the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in the skin cells sustained with each episode of sunburn is irreversible. As a result of this cumulative damage tends to translate or convert into skin cancer decades or some years later. 

The popularity of “ink” or tattoos has skyrocketed in modern society. The simple tattoo of the past has been replaced by a newfound art form with whole-body parts tattooed. 

Melanoma may develop or generate anywhere on the skin, and within a pre-existing mole in 30 to 50 percent of cases. It normally appears as a brown/black patch or a lump with irregular features. The ABCDE criteria provide a very useful guide for diagnosing melanoma

Asymmetry: Melanoma is asymmetrical, i.e., it cannot be divided into 2 equal halves; 

Border: Melanoma has an irregular indented border as opposed to a very smooth rounded border; 

Color: Melanoma consists of more than one shade as opposed to one uniform color; 

Diameter: Melanoma is generally or usually larger than 6mm in diameter size. This last criterion is only valid in the presence of abnormal shape and color; 

Evolution: Recent change in size, shape and color, spontaneous bleeding, and irritation in that.

Besides melanoma, the sun causes different forms of skin cancer which, even though are not usually fatal, often produce significant disfigurement. 

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays also cause premature ageing of the skin in the form of wrinkles, blemishes, roughness, broken veins, and scaly patches. 

The risk of developing melanoma is very higher in somebody with fair skin which burns and freckles easily on front skin and in those with numerous or several moles. 

Where does this fit into skin cancer? Certainly, there's no evidence that ink causes skin cancer, however, to the untrained eye it certainly does hide or mask lesion change, which may indicate melanoma. 

Melanoma is no different from any other form of cancer and left undetected will spread to other parts of the body. It is early detection is very crucial. 

A regular skin examination performed by your doctor should be undertaken if you have tattoos and If you're considering “ink” have a skin check first.
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