You can recognise melanoma by these signals


It’s important to regularly check your birthmarks

Everyone has birthmarks and generally speaking that isn’t something to worry about. Yet it is important to check them for changes on a regular basis. When a birthmark changes in shape or colour, it could mean that it has evolved into melanoma. This is an aggressive form of skin cancer and can sometimes spread to other parts of the body quite rapidly. So, it’s very important to keep an eye on your body. These are the signs that will help you recognise melanoma.

The Melanoma Foundation from the Netherlands has introduced a handy checklist which will help you recognise melanoma easily.


Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that can occur anywhere on the body. Oftentimes, it develops from a birthmark, but this doesn’t always have to be the case. Birthmarks consist of melanocytes (pigment cells), that are situated together in groups. When a birthmark develops into melanoma, it causes the melanocytes to start to multiply without restraint. The number of cases of skin cancer, as well as the number of deaths, is growing rapidly. That’s why it’s very important to check yourself regularly.

Go to the next page to keep reading and find out how you can recognise melanoma.

Disclaimer: this information is not an alternative to professional medical advice. In case of doubt, please contact your doctor.

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