Is massage contraindicated for melanoma?

When we have a client with the following condition: melanoma

Signs and symptoms for melanoma

  • The most common sign of melanoma is the appearance of a new mole or a change in an existing mole
  • This can occur anywhere on the body, but the most commonly affected areas are the back in men and the legs in women
  • Melanomas are uncommon in areas which are protected from sun exposure, such as the buttocks and the scalp
MELANOMA contraindications In beauty therapy


Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can spread to other organs in the body.

Melanoma is caused by skin cells that begin to develop abnormally. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is thought to cause most melanomas, but there’s evidence to suggest that some may result from sunbed exposure. The type of sun exposure that causes melanoma is sudden intense exposure – for example, while on holiday, which leads to sunburn.

Certain things can increase your chances of developing melanoma, such as having:

  • Lots of moles or freckles
  • Pale skin that burns easily
  • Red or blonde hair
  • A close family member who’s had melanoma
Is melanoma contagious?
No, "melanoma" is NOT contagious!

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