melanoma

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Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the body that contains melanocytes.
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Dr. Eric Whitman answered:

What is melanoma?

Skin cancer

Melanoma
Melanoma is a cancer that develops in the melanocytes, pigmented cells of the outer layer of skin. While it is related to sun and UV radiation, it is possible to get melanoma in areas that receive minimal sun exposure. Melanoma is generally considered the most dangerous form of skin cancer, more likely to metastasize than the more common basal or squamous cell cancers.
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Dr. Eric Whitman answered:

What is a melanoma?

Skin cancer

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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.
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Dr. Richard McGee answered:

Is melanoma genetic?

Sometimes

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There are a portion of melanomas that have a genetic inheritance, e.g, the dysplastic nevus syndrome. We are not yet certain about exactly how the inheritance works for this. Other rare inherited conditions also increase the risk of melanoma and other cancers too. Finally, there are a large number of melanomas that have no inherited predispostion as well.
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Dr. Alan H. Ali answered:

Melanoma or medication?

Melanoma?

Medication
You probably meant Melatonin for sleep vs. sleep medications. This is over the counter sleep aid which can work to induce sleep.
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Dr. Ajay K. Gupta answered:

What is ocular melanoma?

Dangerous cancer

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Ocular melanoma is an rare but aggressive cancer of pigment cells in the eye, typically from a layer of cells called the uvea. It is similar to melanoma which can develop in the skin. When it develops it is often painless and may not cause blurred vision. It is best detected on a complete eye exam. Treatment is available, and most effective if caught early.
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Dr. Mike J. Bowman answered:

How Is Melanoma Diagnosed?

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Definitive diagnosis is made by biopsy. Melanomas are screened by the ABCD's: A-Asymmetry; B-irregular Borders; C-different Colors; D-Diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out ASAP. If you have a skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen as well for evaluation and possible biopsy.
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Dr. Edward W. Gold answered:

Is melanoma transmissible?

No

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Cancer is NOT a contagious disease
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Dr. Travis Kidner answered:

Is melanoma hereditary? how?

Yes

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Having a family history of melanoma increases your risk of developing melanoma.
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Dr. Hung Khong answered:

What exactly is a melanoma?

Cancer of melanocyte

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Melanoma is cancer of melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the body that contains melanocytes.
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Melanoma and lupus related?

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Malignant melanoma is a malignant skin cancer that can metastasize. It is seen in pigmented skin lesions. Lupus is an abnormal body response that forms antibodies that can harm vital organs and skin.
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