Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, develops in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin — the pigment that gives your skin its color. Melanoma can also form in your eyes and, rarely, inside your body, such as in your nose or throat.
The exact cause of all melanomas isn’t clear, but exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight or tanning lamps and beds increases your risk of developing melanoma. Limiting your exposure to UV radiation can help reduce your risk of melanoma.
The risk of melanoma seems to be increasing in people under 40, especially women. Knowing the warning signs of skin cancer can help ensure that cancerous changes are detected and treated before the cancer has spread. Melanoma can be treated successfully if it is detected early.
Melanoma can develop anywhere on your body. They most often develop in areas that have had exposure to the sun, such as your back, legs, arms and face. Signs and symptoms of MELANOMA includes:
- A change in an existing mole
- The development of a new pigmented or unusual-looking growth on your skin
- Melanoma doesn’t always begin as a mole. It can also occur on otherwise normal-appearing skin
- Normal moles are generally a uniform color — such as tan, brown or black — with a distinct border separating the mole from your surrounding skin
- They’re oval or round and usually smaller than 1/4 inch (about 6 millimeters) in diameter — the size of a pencil eraser
To make the diagnosis you need to upload an image of infected area.
The Model returns NORMAL if there is no sign of melanoma disease, and MELANOMA if it detects melanoma disease symptoms