Don’t leave scalp melanomas to the hairdressers: study

Scalp melanoma has a worse prognosis than other melanoma types, but is often overlooked by patients and GPs because of its atypical features, say dermatologists.

A large study of scalp melanomas in Victoria has revealed they are typically characterised by firm, rapidly growing, non-pigmented lesions and are most common in older men.

Because of their non-pigmented nature, scalp melanomas are often misdiagnosed as benign skin lesions or basal cell carcinomas, according to the study authors from the Victorian Melanoma Service.

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