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What is a malignant melanoma?

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Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Skin cancer: In its most typical form, melanoma is a cancer that originates in cells of the skin called melanocytes. In some cases melanoma can spread to other organs from the skin. More rare types of melanoma start in the eyes, colon, mouth, bladder and other organs.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 18 years experience
Type of cancer: Malignant melanoma is a neoplasm of melanocytes or of the cells that develop from melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. They predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel, oral cavity and the eye.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 18 years experience
Type of cancer: Malignant melanoma is a neoplasm of melanocytes or of the cells that develop from melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. They predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel, oral cavity and the eye.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of malignant melanoma?

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Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgical Oncology 37 years experience
Varies: Many melanomas are without symptoms. Some are itchy, irritated, or may bleed. They have often changed shape, size or color, but these changes are usually asymptomatic. If the melanoma has spread, there are multiple other symptoms that could possibly occur.

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