Melanoma is a type of cancer that starts in cells in the skin called melanocytes. These cells make a pigment called melanin which gives skin its natural colour. Melanin helps to protect the body from ultraviolet light (UV radiation) from the sun.
The most common sign of melanoma is the appearance of a new mole, a change in an existing mole or in other pigmented tissues, such as those found in the eye.
At least 6 people die from melanoma every day in the UK. To find out more about the most serious form of skin cancer and ways you can help to prevent it click here
If you notice any changes in your skin, do not hesitate to go to your GP and get it checked out!