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Malignant melanoma

Melanoma is a very serious form of skin cancer, affecting about 1 in 30 Victorians. It is usually brown or black in colour and asymmetrical in shape. It can be very dangerous because it tends to spread from the skin to other parts of the body. Approximately 200 people die from melanoma each year in Victoria. Fortunately, in most cases it is diagnosed early and can be cured by surgical excision.



Excision is a minor surgical procedure where a doctor cuts out a spot or lump on the skin. This enables diagnosis of the removed piece of skin by a skin pathologist.


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