In this blog we describe the main types of melanoma skin cancer:
Superficial spreading melanoma - This is the most common type of melanoma. Tends to occur on sun-exposed skin, most on the backs of males and lower limbs of females. This type of melanoma often develops from non-cancerous dysplastic mole.
Nodular melanoma - This is the second most common type of melanoma and the most aggressive. Nodular melanoma tends to grow in depth more than it does it width. It may present itself in a number of colours including a colourless form.
Lentigo maligna melanoma - Less common type of melanoma and least aggressive form of melanoma. It is often found on body of an elderly person in areas that have been severely exposed to sunlight over the years like the face, neck or forearms. Removal can be tricky because of their larger size and the fact that they often appear on the face, head or neck.
Desmoplastic melanoma - rare form of melanoma which is found on sun exposed areas of the skin. Diagnosis can be difficult as it may be confused with a scar or cyst.
Acral lentiginous melanoma - This is the most common melanoma for people with darker skin types. It is often observed under nails, on the palms of your hand or sole of the feet.
Ocular melanoma - is a cancer of the eye. It is often represented by a growing dark spot on the iris.
Anorectal melanoma - Is a rare form of cancer which starts in the anus or rectum. Symptoms can include bleeding from the rectum, change in bowl habits and needing to go to the toilet often.
Around 90% of melanoma skin cancers are caused by the cumulative impact of exposure to sunlight.
Dermatologists recommend sun protective clothing as the first line of defence against sunburn, skin ageing and skin cancer.
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The Solbari Team
This blog is for information purposes only, always consult your medical professional
Your skin is your largest organ and has a long memory. Sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) damage is cumulative throughout your life. Research shows that sun damage contributes to more than 90% of wrinkles, brown spots, premature skin ageing as well as precancerous and cancerous skin lesions.
Limiting sun exposure is very important. As the UV rays cause the most damage to the skin.
It often takes many years and sometimes decades for the effects to become visible.
But the good news is that taking care of your skin form now onwards may be able to help you to reduce the probability of skin cancers and minimise skin ageing.
Dermatologists recommend UPF50+ sun protective clothing and a broad brim sun hat as the first line of defence against premature skin ageing, sunburn, skin cancer and melanoma. Sunscreen with a SPF rating above 30 should be applied to skin that is directly exposed to the sun.