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Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. It is becoming more common in New Zealanders. Melanoma can happen in adults of any age, but is rare in children. It is related to UV and sun exposure.

Most cases of melanoma are diagnosed by GPs when looking at new or changing moles, freckles, or spots. These are called lesions.

It is very important to take melanoma seriously, as it can be life-threatening.

If you are worried about your moles, freckles, spots, or your skin in general, make an appointment to see your GP.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed September 2016. Last updated June 2019.

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Melanoma tests & diagnosis

How is melanoma treated?

Further investigation & treatments

Looking after myself after a diagnosis of melanoma

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