Photos of melanoma, a type of skin cancer, can be found on various medical websites such as WebMD, Healthline and MedicineNet. Several medical organizations, including Mayo Clinic and the American Cancer Society, also provide images of melanoma on their websites.
Melanoma occurs less frequently than other types of skin cancer. It is, however, the most serious type of skin cancer and a potentially fatal disease. The American Cancer Society cites an estimate of 76,000 people diagnosed with melanoma each year. As of March 2014, almost 10,000 individuals die from it annually. However, skin cancer can be treated successfully if diagnosed at an early stage.
Melanomas can develop anywhere on the skin. In men, melanomas usually occur in the trunk, either in the chest or upper back, WebMD reports. Women, meanwhile, commonly develop melanomas on the legs. The face and neck are also common sites. In rare instances, melanomas can also start in the eye. The development of melanomas is often attributed to prolonged sun exposure. The risk of developing skin cancer is also greater for people who are fair skinned. Individuals who have a family history of cancer or have received radiation treatments are also at an increased risk for melanoma.
The ABCDE rule is often used by dermatologists to help detect melanoma. ABCDE stands for asymmetry, border, color, diameter and evolving, states Healthline. Cancerous moles or skin spots often exhibit changes in those aspects. Melanomas usually have areas with different colors and are often irregularly shaped. Bleeding and oozing from a mole can also be a sign of melanoma.