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A Summary of Melanoma

Key points to keep in mind regarding melanoma include:
 
  • It is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells form in the skin cells called melanocytes (cells that color the skin)
  • It can occur anywhere on the body
  • Unusual moles, exposure to sunlight, and health history can affect a person's risk of developing melanoma
  • Possible signs of 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 the disease 
  • Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options for melanoma.
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Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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