Melanoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the skin cells called melanocytes (cells that color the skin). Melanocytes are found throughout the lower part of the epidermis. They produce melanin, the pigment that gives skin its natural color. When skin is exposed to the sun, melanocytes produce more pigment, causing the skin to tan, or darken.

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Melanoma Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... Moles — the medical term is nevi — are clusters of pigmented cells. Normal moles are generally a uniform color, such as tan, brown or black, with a distinct border separating the mole from...
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Causes
... Although it''s common to think of skin in cosmetic terms — how soft, smooth or resilient it is — your skin is your body''s largest organ and performs a number of essential functions, inclu...
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Melanoma Prevention

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Prevention
... The most heartening news about melanoma is that many cases of skin cancer can be prevented simply by following these precautions: Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Because the sun''s rays are s...
Source: MayoClinic

Melanoma Treatment

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Treatment
... The best treatment for you depends on the stage of cancer you have and your age, overall health and personal preferences. But in most cases, the standard treatment for melanomas that haven''t spread b...
Source: MayoClinic

Complementary and alternative medicine
... The National Institutes of Health established the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) in 1992. The center''s mission is to explore nontraditional therapies in a scientif...
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Melanoma Other

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Melanoma
... Melanoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the skin cells called melanocytes (cells that color the skin). Melanocytes are found throughout the lower part of the epidermis. They pr...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Skin Cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Malignant Melanoma
... Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Skin cancer is a tumor or growth of abnormal cells in the skin. Most experts agree that the primary cause of skin cancer is overexpo...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

   

Melanoma Articles

  • Biological Therapies for Cancer: Questions and Answers
    ... Key Points Biological therapies use the body’s immune system to fight cancer or to lessen the side effects that may be caused by some cancer treatments (see Question 1). Biological response modi...
  • Genes and Disease: Malignant melanoma
    ... In 1997, it was expected that about 40,300 Americans would be diagnosed with malignant melanoma, the most aggressive kind of skin cancer. Melanomas are more common in people with lightly pigmented ski...
  • Interpreting Laboratory Test Results
    ... A laboratory test is a medical procedure in which a sample of blood, urine, or other tissues or substances in the body is checked for certain features. Such tests are often used as part of a routine c...
  • Intraocular (Eye) Melanoma Treatment
    ... If the tumor is small, there are no symptoms, and the tumor is not growing, treatment may not be needed. If the tumor begins to grow or if there are symptoms, treatment may be one of the following: Su...
  • Melanoma Treatment
    ... Recurrent melanoma is cancer that has recurred (come back) after it has been treated. The cancer may come back in the original site or in other parts of the body, such as the lungs or liver. Treatment...
  • Melanoma Treatment
    ... Recurrent melanoma is cancer that has recurred (come back) after it has been treated. The cancer may come back in the original site or in other parts of the body, such as the lungs or liver. Treatment...
  • Melanoma Treatment
    ... Recurrent melanoma is cancer that has recurred (come back) after it has been treated. The cancer may come back in the original site or in other parts of the body, such as the lungs or liver. Treatment...
  • Metastatic Cancer: Questions and Answers
    ... Key Points Cancer occurs when cells become abnormal and grow without control (see Question 1). The place where the cancer started is called the primary cancer or the primary tumor (see Question 2). Me...
  • Preguntas y respuestas acerca del cáncer metastásico
    ... ¿Qué es el cáncer? El cáncer es un grupo de diferentes enfermedades que empiezan en las células, la unidad básica del cuerpo para vivir. Normalmente, las células crecen, se dividen y reproducen a medi...

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