By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Malignant melanoma

Aideen M. Tarpey, BSc (Hons), RN, CertHealthEd.Nurse Adviser, NHS Direct, Winchester, HampshireMalignant melanoma is a tumour of the melanocytes (Gawkrodger, 1999). There are two main groups of skin cancer: malignant melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer (basal and squamous cell carcinoma). Malignant melanoma is the rarest but also the most serious type. It affects the pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) and can appear as a new mole or changes to an existing mole.

Get unlimited access

As a subscriber you will benefit from:

  • Full online and mobile access to news and opinion stories
  • Customised email alerts straight to your inbox (over 30 alerts available)
  • 4,500 practice articles in our archive 
  • Over £500 worth of CPD learning units 
or

newsletterpromo