Cause of rare acral and mucosal melanomas not linked to sun exposure, study finds

Source: ABC News, May 2017

Australian scientists have discovered that the danger of melanoma is not just related to sun exposure.

New research by the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute has found that two rarer forms of melanoma have different causes to skin melanoma.

But what those causes are needs further investigation.

The two forms examined as part of the research were acral and mucosal melanoma.

They are not caused by sunlight, unlike melanoma of the skin (cutaneous melanoma), which is strongly linked to UV radiation.

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