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Skin-Cancer

Melanoma

Melanoma is a potentially serious type of skin cancer that develops from normal skin cells called melanocytes (these cells produce the skin pigment melanin, which gives the skin its natural colour). The cells become malignant and start growing uncontrollably, subsequently aggressively invading surrounding healthy tissues.

27-year-old from Qwaqwa beats melanoma

Dieketseng Mofokeng was extremely surprised when, shortly after turning 27, she found out that what looked like an irregular shaped mole on her leg was actually melanoma.

Moles on your arm may predict melanoma risk

The risk of melanoma is thought to increase slightly with each additional mole on the body, and the mole count on the right arm is the most predictive of the total number of moles.

Can coffee protect you from melanoma?

You may rely on coffee for your morning pick-me-up but new research suggests it may also protect you from the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma.

Can orange juice raise your melanoma risk?

If you enjoy a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice with your breakfast, you could be putting yourself at a higher risk of developing melanoma - a deadly form of skin cancer.

Protein, skin cancer link

Expression of the blood protein osteopontin may be an independent prognostic marker for melanoma, clinicians report.

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