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What is the definition or description of: malignant melanoma?

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Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: Skin cancer

Malignant melanoma is a cancer that begins usually in the pigmented cells (melanocytes) of the skin.
It is generally considered the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Most cases are localized and caught fairly early but some people will develop widespread metastatic disease and die.

In brief: Skin cancer

Malignant melanoma is a cancer that begins usually in the pigmented cells (melanocytes) of the skin.
It is generally considered the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Most cases are localized and caught fairly early but some people will develop widespread metastatic disease and die.
Dr. Eric Whitman
Dr. Eric Whitman
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Paul Weiss
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Skin cancer

Malignant melanoma is a potentially fatal skin cancer arising from the melanocytes (pigment cells)of the skin.
A biopsy must be taken to establish the diagnosis and plan treatment based upon the microscopic thickness of the lesion. This disease has become more prevalent in recent years and requires proper treatment to ensure a positive outcome.

In brief: Skin cancer

Malignant melanoma is a potentially fatal skin cancer arising from the melanocytes (pigment cells)of the skin.
A biopsy must be taken to establish the diagnosis and plan treatment based upon the microscopic thickness of the lesion. This disease has become more prevalent in recent years and requires proper treatment to ensure a positive outcome.
Dr. Paul Weiss
Dr. Paul Weiss
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