Medical News Today: Most melanomas grow as new spots, not from existing moles

Medical News Today: Most melanomas grow as new spots, not from existing moles

Researchers from Italy and Greece describe their findings, gleaned from 38 melanoma studies published in recognized academic databases, in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Melanoma is a particularly aggressive skin cancer that starts as mutations in melanocytes - the cells that give skin its color. The mutated cells grow abnormally and form tumors. The most common cause of melanoma is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, such as from sunbathing or indoor tanning. UV rays can alter skin cells and damage their DNA. Melanoma is much easier to treat successfully if it is found early, while the growth...

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