To speak to a specialist cancer nurse,
freefone the National Cancer Helpline
1800 200 700
Mon—Thurs 9am—7pm Fri 9am—5pm
The exact cause of melanoma is unknown. But there are things called risk factors that can increase your chance of getting the disease. Exposure of white skin to ultraviolet light (UV) is the main risk factor.
Remember, melanoma is not infectious and cannot be passed on to others.
Most skin cancers can be prevented by avoiding the sun when it is at its strongest and by paying attention to any early skin changes. Also, examine your skin regularly.
Freephone 1800 200 700 to talk to a specialist cancer nurse
It's open Monday-Thursday from 9am to 7pm and Friday from 9am to 5pm
National Cancer Helpline
Freefone 1 800 200 700
Talk to a specialist nurse
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