What is melanoma ?

 What is melanoma ? 

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that arises from pigment-producing cells called melanocytes. Melanoma is more aggressive and can be more dangerous than other types of skin cancer because it has the ability to spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body.

Melanoma can develop in any area of the skin, but it is most commonly found on the face, neck, or arms. It may also occur on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, or under the nails. Melanoma may appear as a new mole or as a change in an existing mole.

Melanoma is often characterized by a dark, irregularly shaped mole that is larger than most moles and has uneven borders. It may also have multiple colors or shades of brown, black, or tan. Melanoma can also appear as a dark patch on the skin that is not a mole.

If caught early, melanoma is often highly treatable. However, if it is not detected and treated in the early stages, it can spread to other parts of the body and become more difficult to treat. It is important to regularly check your skin for any new or changing moles and to see a dermatologist if you notice any unusual growths or changes in your skin.

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