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Can you please tell me how melanoma and malignant melanoma differ?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
No difference: These are equivalent terms because there is no such thing as a benign melanoma!
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Same thing: ...Just one is shorter to say. There's no such thing as a "benign melanoma", for example.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 18 years experience
The same: Melanoma is be a malignant tumor. Sometimes people only refer to it as melanoma and other times as malignant melanoma. They are the same entity.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
A Verified Doctoranswered
Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
Depth: Generally these terms are used interchangeably, but there is one exception. This is for melanoma in-situ which is very early stage and termed pre-invasive. If neglected melanoma in situ will grow and become malignant.

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