Melanoma

Melanoma

Melanoma begins in the skin cells (melanocytes) that make the pigment that colors your skin. It is a serious form of skin cancer that usually starts in unmarked, normal skin. But it can start in a mole or birthmark.

When melanocytes grow out of control, they can spread from the epidermis, which is the upper layer of skin, down into the dermis. If melanoma isn't treated, it can spread to other parts of your body.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
Last Revised October 12, 2012

Last Revised: October 12, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology

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