- Melanoma is a cancer that usually starts in the skin, either in a mole or in normal-looking skin. About half of all melanomas start in normal-looking skin.
- The number of people developing melanoma is continuing to rise. More than 10,600 people in the UK are diagnosed with melanoma each year.
- Melanoma is more common in women, particularly young women. In the UK it’s the most common cancer in people aged 15–34.
- In women the most common place to develop melanoma is on the legs; in men it’s on the chest and the back.
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