What is melanoma?

Melanoma is a serious form of cancer that arises when the pigment-producing cells in the skin (melanocytes), start to grow out of control. The initial visible signs may display as a mole or lesion that grows, changes shape, or colour.

A dermatologist examines a mole of a patient

What is melanoma skin cancer? (and why have I got it?)

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer, you may be wondering how this has happened, or why it has happened to you. In this informative and straightforward video, Dr Elaine Vickers explains how melanoma skin cancer occurs to help you better understand your diagnosis.