Melanoma is a form cancer that originates from melanocytes, the pigment-producing cells predominantly found in the skin.1
Melanoma accounts for only 4% of all skin cancers; however, melanoma is responsible for 80% of deaths from skin cancer.2
Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 5% of all new cancer cases in 2016.3
Melanoma is most commonly diagnosed in patients aged 85–89 years.3
- American Cancer Society. What is melanoma skin cancer? Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/melanoma-skin-cancer/about/what-is-melanom... (accessed January 2020).
- Miller AJ and Mihm MC. N Engl J Med 2006;335:51–65.
- Cancer Research UK. Melanoma skin cancer statistics. Available at: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/s... (accessed January 2020).