Skin cancer (melanoma)

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can spread to other organs in the body.

There are about 8,100 new cases in men in the UK every year.

Symptoms can include

The most common sign of melanoma is the appearance of a new mole or a change in an existing mole. This can happen anywhere on the body, but the most commonly affected areas are the back in men.

Melanomas are uncommon in areas that are protected from sun exposure, such as the buttocks and the scalp.

In most cases, melanomas have an irregular shape and are more than one colour. The mole may also be larger than normal and can sometimes be itchy or bleed. Look out for a mole that gradually changes shape, size or colour.

Certain things can increase your chance of developing melanoma
  • Lots of moles or freckles
  • Pale skin that burns easily
  • Red or blonde hair
  • A close family member who’s had melanoma

For more information about skin cancer (Melanoma) please visit the NHS website

If you have any of these symptoms or are concerned about any other signs, take action and get checked out by your doctor.


Source: NHS, 2020 and World Cancer Research Fund, 2019.