This information tells you about melanoma, its causes and symptoms and what is likely to happen if you are diagnosed with this type of cancer.
Melanoma is a cancer that usually starts in the skin, either in a mole or in normal-looking skin. About half of all melanomas start in normal-looking skin.
The number of people developing melanoma is continuing to rise. More than 10,600 people in the UK are diagnosed with melanoma each year.
Melanoma is more common in women, particularly young women. In the UK it’s the most common cancer in people aged 15–34.
In women the most common place to develop melanoma is on the legs; in men it’s on the chest and the back.
We also have information about skin cancer.