What is it?

Melanoma is a cancer that begins in the cells of the skin that produce pigmentation (colouration). It is also called malignant melanoma because it spreads to other areas of the body as it grows beneath the surface of the skin.  Anyone can get melanoma but fair skinned, sun burn, multiple moles and exposure to UV light from the sun or tanning beds.

What will I see?

Remember your ABCD:

  • Asymmetry: melanomas are normally asymmetric (different in shape from one side to the other)
  • Border: is irregular or ragged
  • Colour: There is normally a mix of colours
  • Diameter: Melanomas grow in diameter

When do I seek help?

If you are suspicious go seek advice from an appropriate medical practitioner immediately.


Use sun block and apply regularly and don’t forget the soles of your feet.

See More Foot Conditions

If you are still looking for the correct foot condition have a look at our full list of foot conditions or try our virtual foot to help narrow down the conditions to those relevant to you.

If you are having trouble finding the correct foot condition and you are in pain you should make an appointment with the appropriate medical practitioner in your area.