Conditions InDepth: Melanoma
Melanoma is skin cancer of the melanocytes, the cells that produce skin color and give moles their dark color.Moles are collections of melanocytes. Normally, moles are benign. Sometimes, however, a mole can develop into melanoma. A new mole may also be an early sign of melanoma. The three major types of skin cancer are basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell are the two most common. Melanomas account for less than 5% of all skin cancer cases; however, they are more dangerous because they are far more likely to spread to other parts of the body.
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- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013
- Update Date: 06/24/2013
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