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Melanoma

Melanoma

Definition of melanoma: A form of cancer that begins in melanocytes (cells that make the pigment melanin). It may begin in a mole (skin melanoma), but can also begin in other pigmented tissues, such as in the eye or in the intestines. 

Estimated new cases and deaths from melanoma in the United States in 2014:

  • New cases: 76,100
  • Deaths: 9,710

See the online booklet What You Need To Know About™ Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers to learn about melanoma symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and questions to ask the doctor.

See What Does Melanoma Look Like? to view photos of melanoma. 

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