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Vera Heydendael

Senior Dermatologist

Melanoma has been on the rise for years for different reasons. Increased tanning, low awareness and more sun exposure during holidays.

Early detection is the key to treating it. The earlier it is found, the more treatment options there are.

Make sure to self-check your whole body every 3 months if you have more than 50 moles. In other cases, do it at least twice per year.


All about Melanoma


Everyone is at risk of getting Melanoma, however not everyone has the same risk as a large variety of factors can cause it. From personal or family history to outside behaviour – there is a lot that can impact skin health.


It is crucial to stay on top of your moles, even when you have been watching yourself thoroughly. There are many symptoms to look out for, especially suspicious or changing moles are important to keep a close eye on.


Melanoma is often segmented into four different types. Three of them start relatively in situ, although this can definitely change over time. One type, however, can be invasive right from the start and may spread to other parts of the body quickly.


Melanoma is the most dangerous skin cancer and can do some serious harm, however when the right prevention methods are used it can be caught early. There are many ways to prevent it from forming, some more obvious than others.

Pictures of Melanoma

Our overview of melanoma pictures includes pictures of moles and other skin lesions, that you can use as a first comparison to any moles you might feel uncomfortable with. The melanoma pictures give you an idea of what it can look like. Signs of melanoma can differ in form, color or borders. These signs are measured below each picture.
Other characteristics such as diameter and evolution are not shown, as they are difficult to assess through static images. However, when you check your skin, make sure to check for these signs, too.

Disclaimer: These images contain visual content that might be perceived as disturbing.

Melanoma picture
Melanoma picture
Melanoma picture


About melanoma

sore mole

Are melanoma moles painful?

Melanoma commonly appears from either new or existing moles. There are several symptoms of melanoma to be aware of, pain being one of them. When it forms, a mole can become painful. However, not every painful mole is melanoma. Read here what you need to know about painful moles.

Melanoma that looks like a freckle

Melanoma is a scary disease because it can often look quite similar to harmless looking blemishes, like a mole or a freckle. According to DermNet New Zealand, about 75% of melanomas are new spots that appear in otherwise normal looking skin. The rest will form from an existing mole or spot. The key to early detection is knowing the warning signs that distinguish the harmless from the dangerous with freckles and moles
Melanoma pimple

Melanoma that looks like a pimple

Melanomas come in many shapes and forms. It can often be difficult to distinguish them from your average mole or blemish. In some cases, a type of melanoma called nodular melanoma can even look frighteningly similar to a pimple. So how do you tell the difference? Read the warning signs to watch out for below.


How SkinVision can help you!

SkinVision enables you to check your skin spots for signs of skin cancer within 30 seconds. Our algorithm is currently at the level of a specialist dermatologist.

In skin spots with a potential health risk, SkinVision provides feedback about the preferred next step to take.

SkinVision also enables you to store photos to keep track of changes over time, helping you to monitor your health in the long term.

The efficient and easy-to-use solution is available for iOS and Android and helps to make skin monitoring a simple routine.

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Ready to take the first photo?

Download SkinVision from iTunes or Google Play and start checking your skin now.