Melanoma – What You Need to Know
Melanoma is a type of cancer, most often of the skin. It occurs in melanocytes – the cells that produce the pigment melanin that color the skin, hair and eyes. These cells also make moles, or nevi.
Unlike other cancers, most cutaneous melanomas can be seen on the skin, making it easier to detect in its early stages. If undetected, however, melanoma may spread to distant sites or organs. This is referred to as metastatic melanoma.
Melanoma can occur on the skin, as well as in places that don’t see the sun – like the soles of the feet, palms of the hands, inside the mouth, and in the eye.
Understanding melanoma can be difficult. Many questions can arise: How do I prevent it? How is it diagnosed? Why is it so deadly? What other information do I need to know to keep me and my family safe?
The MRF’s Education Institute creates general awareness about the dangers of melanoma and offers educational opportunities for the melanoma community on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, side effects, advances in research and clinical trials.
The Institute provides in-depth training for melanoma advocates to participate in and actively support the medical, scientific and regulatory environments.