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Most people with a melanoma will be cured, and getting back to normal after surgery| is usually straightforward.
After any treatment for melanoma|, it’s important to make sure you protect your skin from the sun. This reduces the chance of developing another melanoma. Protecting yourself from the sun doesn’t mean that you can no longer enjoy sunshine or have holidays in sunny countries. But you’ll need to take sensible precautions that will, in time, become part of your normal routine. There are a number of things you can do to protect your skin| and ensure it doesn’t burn:
Having a family can be an important part of moving on with life after cancer. If you’re thinking of becoming pregnant or fathering a child| after you’ve been treated for melanoma, talk to your specialist first. In some situations they may advise you to avoid having children for a couple of years after your diagnosis, as this is the most likely time for melanoma to come back. For women who do become pregnant, there‘s no evidence that pregnancy is more likely to make a melanoma come back.
Some people may have had a melanoma on a visible part of the body, such as the face or neck, and its removal may change their appearance. Others may be left with some scarring from the surgery. Changes in appearance can be difficult to come to terms with. Some skin clinics have a makeup specialist who can advise on the best way to cover up scars.
There are also organisations that provide camouflage make-up to cover scars. Coping with a change in how you look can be difficult. It’s important to get support and many people find it helps to talk things through with someone close or a trained counsellor.
You might find our section on coping with body changes| helpful.
Content last reviewed: 15 February 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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