What is melanoma?

  • (noun): Any of several malignant neoplasms (usually of the skin) consisting of melanocytes.
    Synonyms: malignant melanoma


Melanoma i/ˌmɛləˈnoʊmə/ (from Greek μέλας — melas, "dark") is a malignant tumor of 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 (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the body that contains melanocytes.

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Some articles on melanoma:

Cancer Vax - Products
... While the company eventually had several drugs in their pipeline focused on melanoma, colon cancer, lung cancer, solid tumors, and ophthalmic disease ... Canvaxin was a vaccine based treatment for melanoma, and was an immunotherapeutic ...
Spitz Nevus
... also known as an "Epithelioid and spindle-cell nevus," "Benign juvenile melanoma", and "Spitz's juvenile melanoma") is a benign melanocytic nevus, a type of ... and epithelioid cell nevus and juvenile melanoma ... The latter term is generally no longer used as it is misleading it is not a melanoma, it is a benign lesion it can also occur in adults, not only in children ...
Melanoma - Research - Surveillance Methods
... The Screening and Surveillance of Ultrasound in Melanoma trial (SUNMEL) is evaluating ultrasound as an alternative to invasive surgical methods ...
Lidia Rudnicka - Biography - Melanoma Prevention
... of a Polish nation-wide campaign to promote prevention and early detection of melanoma (with dermoscopy and videodermoscopy) ... The campaign "Stop-Melanoma", based on highly successful Australian experience, is an ongoing program which started in 2004 ...
... in plasma and urine has been linked to malignant melanoma ... in large amounts in the plasma and urine of patients with malignant melanoma ... It is therefore used in the diagnosis of melanoma and for the detection of postoperative metastases ...