WHAT IS MELANOMA?
Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK. Around 13,500 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year
More than a quarter of skin cancer cases are diagnosed in people under 50, which is unusually early compared to most other types of cancer.
Over recent years, skin cancer has become much more common in the UK. This is thought to be the result of increased exposure to intense sunlight while on holiday abroad.
More than 2,000 people die every year in the UK from melanoma.
Stigma of Melanoma
•Self inflicted illness
•Caused by lifestyle
•Mainly preventable 86%
MISUNDERSTANDING OF MELANOMA
•Melanoma can be cut out and cured
•Only fair skinned people get Melanoma
•You can only get Melanoma from the sun or sunbeds
•Children cant get Melanoma
NOT JUST SKIN CANCER!
•The only treatment is surgery (Excision, Wide local excision
•At best people with Malignant Melanoma can be deemed as NED (No Evidence of Disease)
If melanoma isn’t diagnosed until an advanced stage, treatment is mainly used to slow the spread of the cancer and reduce symptoms. This usually involves medicines that target specific genetic changes in the melanoma, such as BRAF inhibitors, or medicines that boost the body’s immune responses to the melanoma (so-called checkpoint therapies).
Once you’ve had melanoma, there’s a chance it may return. This risk is increased if your cancer was more advanced or widespread.
Click here for NHS information on skin cancer (melanoma)