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Which parts of the human body are affected by melanoma?
11 doctors weighed in

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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