About melanoma - Early detection
The first signs of malignant melanoma are a change in colour and/or enlargement of a mole, freckle or birthmark. However, some melanomas may arise from normal looking skin.
A mole, freckle or birthmark can change in colour by becoming darker (dark brown/purple/black), developing new colours or even losing colour and becoming pink or whitish.
A mole, freckle or birthmark can also change by increasing in size by spreading across the skin or becoming raised and lumpy.
These changes are normally noticed over a period of several weeks or months rather than days. If you do find a mole, freckle or spot that is of concern make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible.
- Recent appearance
- Increase in size
- Change in colour
- Change in shape
- Irregular border
- Persistent itch
- Recurrent bleeding