The incidence of primary malignant melanoma continues to increase in European populations with a higher proportion of lesions now having a Breslow thickness of less than 1mm1-3. Survival closely correlates with the thickness of the melanoma. It is generally believed that patient and doctor awareness of the early signs of melanoma may lead to earlier diagnosis and removal of ‘thin’ lesions. Other factors such as the biological behaviour of the melanoma may also influence the speed of diagnosis of thicker tumours1, 4.

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