Melanoma: Where Does it Come From and How to Prevent it

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As the leading cause of death from skin cancer, melanoma is often referred to as “the most dangerous type of skin cancer” (Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov), despite being less common than Squamous cell and Basal cell skin cancers. Because of its definition as one of the more deadly forms of cancer, public knowledge surrounding melanoma is of great importance. As a visible cancer – and one that is more easily preventable than many other forms – individuals should be actively involved in avoiding risk factors, as well as educating themselves on the causes and symptoms of the condition.

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As the largest organ of the body, the skin protects us from a myriad of conditions, parasites, and other foreign agents. Be that as it may, it is also highly susceptible to different diseases, viruses, and cancers. Different skin types can be more resistant or more susceptible to different conditions. One type of cancer that aggressively attacks the skin is melanoma: the later stage of which is known as metastatic melanoma.


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