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Melanoma: The current situation in New Zealand

New Zealand has, together with Australia, the highest melanoma incidence in the world. The combination of skin type and UV impact from the sun put the inhibitors of New Zealand at high risk. So let’s take a closer look at the current melanoma situation in NZ.

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New Zealand Partnership Finds 60 Skin Cancers in First Two Months

Accuro Insurance, a New Zealand owned and operated health insurance provider, rolled out a new membership benefits programme for its members in December of 2017. The long-standing benefit program has seen Accuro’s members gaining access to everything from dentists to health foods. The newest partnership has produced a potentially life-saving result far closer to home than ever expected.  

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How to keep a healthy skin in the summer

In most parts of Europe, people are currently enjoying plenty of sunshine as the summer is coming closer. But the sun hasn’t shown its full potential yet. So, how can you enjoy the heartfully warm days while keeping your skin healthy? Here are five tips on how to keep a healthy skin in the summer, without missing out on the pleasures of sunlight.

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What melanoma moles look like
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What melanoma moles look like

Melanoma is the most dangerous (and potentially deadly) form of skin cancer. That’s why it is so important to detect the early signs. When found early, there are treatment options in most cases. So what melanoma moles look like? Let’s take a closer look.

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What is melanoma?

The usual melanoma symptoms are a mole changing its shape, color or size. Moles are often brown in color, flat or slightly raised, oval or round. New moles that appear later in life should be checked out by your doctor. If you notice an unusual lump, sore or blemish anywhere on your skin, it is important to keep an eye on it as this could be an indication of melanoma. So what is melanoma?

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Are melanoma moles raised?

When it comes to skin cancer, detecting it early is key. If skin cancer is found early there will be more treatment options. This is even more important with melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. So if this is so important, how do you spot danger signs? Are raised moles, for example, a definite sign?

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Melanoma that looks like a freckle

Melanoma is a scary disease because it can often look quite similar to harmless-looking blemishes, like a mole or a freckle. According to DermNet New Zealand, about 75% of melanomas are new spots that appear in otherwise normal-looking skin. The rest will from an existing mole or spot. The key to early detection is knowing the warning signs that distinguish the harmless from the dangerous with freckles and moles.

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Where does melanoma start
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Where does melanoma start?

Melanoma can appear anywhere on the body, both for men and women. But there are some indicators that are possible signs of melanoma. Some places that can be described as ‘hidden’, where melanoma skin cancer can occur as well. So where does melanoma start?

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How melanoma spreads

When melanocytes cells become damaged, mutations can occur and the mutated cells can reproduce themselves rapidly, eventually forming a tumor and taking over surrounding tissues. This article aims to explain how melanoma spreads.

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Where does melanoma originate?

Know where Melanoma Originates. Melanoma begins in melanocyte cells found in the innermost layer of the epidermis (the top layer of our skin). It occurs when those cells behave abnormally, growing excessively and taking over surrounding tissues.

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Who is most at risk for melanoma?

In short, people of any age, race, and gender can get melanoma. But of course, there are people that fall into the high risk for melanoma category, which we will explain in more detail below.

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Dealing with depression from melanoma diagnosis

Many of our users perform self-checks to exclude any possible depression from melanoma. But in some cases, high-risk signs are spotted and people are urged to go and see a doctor for a closer look. This could lead to a melanoma skin cancer diagnosis, which of course is very serious.

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Where does melanoma spread to?

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer because it has a high likelihood of spreading or metastasizing throughout the body. But where does melanoma spread to and how does it get there?

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Why melanoma skin cancer is increasing and what we can do

The global incidence of melanoma is increasing. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the incidence of malignant melanoma skin cancer in most developed countries has risen faster than any other cancer type since the mid-1950s. This increase is especially noticeable when looking at statistics from the US and UK.

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What is melanoma in situ?

Melanoma begins in melanocyte cells found in the innermost layer of the epidermis. It occurs when those cells behave abnormally, clustering together, growing excessively and taking over surrounding tissues. Melanomas can develop from existing moles or skin growths. More commonly, they will start as a new growth that can be classified as melanoma in situ.

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Melanoma: when to see a doctor

A Doctor for Melanoma? You may often ask yourself when to see a doctor. The short answer is any time you notice a changing or suspicious mole or spot on your body as this is typically the first sign of melanoma. So when to see a doctor?

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When melanoma comes back
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When melanoma comes back

Melanoma recurrence is when melanoma returns after treatment. It can happen that melanoma comes back at the original site of the primary melanoma, in the skin and tissue area around the original site, in the lymph nodes or in other places in the body such as internal organs.

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Skin lesions on the face: most common types

Skin lesions are a broad term referring to any abnormality on your skin. The Medical Dictionary defines a skin lesion as a superficial growth or patch of the skin that does not resemble the area surrounding it. A skin lesion can be a rash, mole, wart, cyst, blister, bump, discoloration or any other change that you may notice on your skin. It may be a result of something as simple as a scrape or cut or as serious as a pre-cancerous mole or mark.

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Melanoma treatment Australia: what are your options?

Melanoma treatment Australia? According to Melanoma Institute Australia, Australia, and New Zealand have the highest melanoma rates in the world with Queensland incidence rates at 71 cases per 100,000 people (for the years 2009-2013). This greatly exceeds rates in all other jurisdictions, nationally and internationally.

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Melanoma treatment in the UK

According to Cancer Research UK, there were 14,509 new cases of malignant melanoma in 2013 in the United Kingdom. These rates have been increasing since the 1970s and UK malignant melanoma incidence rates are estimated to be the ninth highest in males in Europe and seventh highest in females. With the ever-increasing risk of melanoma and the advancements in research and technology, it’s important to understand what the treatment options are.

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First symptoms of melanoma: the three symptom types to watch out for

Melanoma begins in the melanocyte cells (the cells that produce pigment) in our skin. It often starts as a mole, and, if left unchecked, can spread throughout the body and become life-threatening. While it is the deadliest form of skin cancer, it is highly treatable if detected at early stages when it’s most treatable. For this reason, knowing the warning signs is important. Read on for the three most common early symptoms of melanoma.

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Early melanoma symptoms and how to spot them

Melanoma is a severe disease with significant risks to your health, but if detected early, it can usually be treated with relatively minimal intervention. However, once melanoma has metastasized and spread to other areas of the body, it becomes more difficult to treat. For this reason, early detection is crucial. Read on to understand how to identify and spot the early melanoma symptoms

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