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Which parts of the human body are affected by melanoma?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Skin and retina

Malignant melanomas most commonly develop in the skin as the cell of origin, the melanocytes, are most numerous in the skin.
However, there are also some cases of retinal melanomas. These are only detected by routine eye exams. This is why, in addition to routine skin checks, we also encourage sunglasses and yearly eye checks.

In brief: Skin and retina

Malignant melanomas most commonly develop in the skin as the cell of origin, the melanocytes, are most numerous in the skin.
However, there are also some cases of retinal melanomas. These are only detected by routine eye exams. This is why, in addition to routine skin checks, we also encourage sunglasses and yearly eye checks.
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han
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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Skin

Melanoma is a cancer that starts in the skin but it can spread to other organs.

In brief: Skin

Melanoma is a cancer that starts in the skin but it can spread to other organs.
Dr. Edward Gold
Dr. Edward Gold
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: All

Melanoma has the ability to travel to any organ in the body.

In brief: All

Melanoma has the ability to travel to any organ in the body.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Mucosal

Dr. Han's answer is excellent.
Rarely you can have mucosal melanomas which can affect the nose, sinuses, or oral cavity and throat. Thankfully, these are quite rare.

In brief: Mucosal

Dr. Han's answer is excellent.
Rarely you can have mucosal melanomas which can affect the nose, sinuses, or oral cavity and throat. Thankfully, these are quite rare.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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