Melanoma is a sneaky little beast.
It can crop up anywhere. On your eyelids, under your nails, and even in places which rarely see the sun. And, contrary to what some might say, people of all skin colour are vulnerable. For example: Bob Marley died from a melanoma in between his toes. So no matter who you are - it's important to look out for.
Melanomas can develop when the skin's pigment cells (melanocytes) mutate and become cancerous, multiplying in an uncontrolled way. They can then invade the skin around them and may also spread to other areas such as the lymph nodes, liver and lungs.
Melanocytes sometimes grow together in harmless groups or clusters, which are known as moles.
Most people have between 10 and 50 moles and often they are darker than the surrounding skin.
To see if have any suss looking spots we've put together these *ABCDE warning signs.
*Best enjoyed with an eagle eyed (and very thorough) partner.
Even if you don't find anything dangerous,
we highly recommend a professional check with your GP Dermatologist.
Let us know how you go!