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Key information about malignant melanoma includes:
- Malignant melanoma is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells form in the skin cells called melanocytes (cells that color the skin)
- Malignant melanoma can occur anywhere on the body
- Unusual moles, exposure to sunlight, and health history can affect a person's risk of developing malignant melanoma
- Possible signs of malignant melanoma include a change in the appearance of a mole or pigmented area
- Tests that examine the skin are used to detect (find) and diagnose malignant melanoma
- Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options for malignant melanoma.