The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Melanoma

The Leeds Melanoma Team aims to provide a first class, patient focused, evidence-based, integrated local skin cancer service and a specialist melanoma cancer service with an international reputation for excellence.

What is melanoma?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer, which arises from the pigment cells (melanocytes) in the skin.  Melanocytes make a brown/black pigment (known as melanin), and often the first sign of a melanoma developing is a previous mole changing in colour or a new brown/black lesion developing. Most frequently there is darkening in colour but occasionally there is loss of pigmentation with pale areas or red areas developing. This melanoma on the skin is known as the primary melanoma

One of the most important causes of melanoma is exposure to too much ultraviolet light in sunlight. The use of artificial sources of ultraviolet light, such as sunbeds, also increases the risk of getting a melanoma

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Every patient has access to the melanoma nurse specialist team from the time of diagnosis onwards and they can be contacted on 0113 2067708.

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