Tanning agent messes with melanoma detection
A popular injectable tanning agent is making melanoma detection more difficult, dermatologists say.
The unlicensed synthetic melanocortin product (Melanotan-II) is often bought illicitly by patients who use the hormonal product for its semi-permanent skin tanning effects.
However, dermatologists from the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne say its increasing popularity is a public health concern because it may cause sudden changes in skin lesions that mimic melanoma.
Writing in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology,