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Complications of malignant melanoma

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Recurring melanomas

If you have had malignant melanoma in the past, there is a chance that the condition may return. The chance of your malignant melanoma returning is increased if your previous cancer was particularly wide-spread and severe.

If your cancer team feel that there is a significant risk of your malignant melanoma returning, it is likely that you will require regular check-ups to monitor your health. You will be taught a range of self-examination techniques that you can use to check for any tumours on your skin.

It is also very important that you take steps to prevent over-exposure to the sun. See the 'prevention' section for further details about this.

Medical Review: September 28, 2008

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