Melanoma is a type of skin cancer which can spread to other organs within the body. The cancer starts in cells in the skin called melanocytes and 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, as well as artificial sources such as sunbeds and sunlamps.

Melanoma is the most invasive skin cancer with the highest rate of death. It’s most common sign comes in the appearance of a new mole or a change in an existing mole. Below, we share more information about melanoma, what to look out for and how to stay safe.