Melanoma

Skin cancer - melanoma; Malignant melanoma; Lentigo maligna melanoma; Melanoma in situ; Superficial spreading melanoma; Nodular melanoma; Acral lentiginous melanoma

Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. It is the leading cause of death from skin disease.

Melanoma can also involve the colored part of the eye.

Other common types of skin cancer are squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.

Melanoma of the liver - MRI scan

This upper abdominal MRI scan shows multiple tumors in the liver which have spread (metastasized) from a malignant melanoma in an arm or leg. Note the light circular areas throughout the liver (seen mostly on the left side of the screen).

Skin cancer, malignant melanoma

Malignant melanoma. The incidence of this form of skin cancer is increasing faster than that of any other form of cancer.

Skin cancer, raised multi-color melanoma

Melanomas are sometimes called the patriotic cancer because they may be colored red, whitish, and blue (to blue-black) all in the same lesion. This lesion has multiple colors.

Skin cancer, melanoma - flat, brown lesion

Melanomas are sometimes called the patriotic cancer because they may be colored red, whitish, and blue (to blue-black) all in the same lesion. This lesion has multiple colors.

Benign juvenile melanoma

Benign juvenile melanoma, or spitz nevus.

Skin cancer, melanoma on the fingernail

Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Melanomas beneath the fingernail appear as a black or bluish black discoloration. This type of malignancy spreads (metastasizes) readily.

Skin cancer, close-up of lentigo maligna melanoma

Increased risk for skin cancer, especially melanoma, is associated with chronic exposure to sunlight, blistering sunburns, and a family history of skin cancer.

Skin cancer, close-up of level III melanoma

Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous type of the skin cancers. Typical features of melanomas include irregular borders, multiple colors within the lesion, rapid growth, and susceptibility to easy injury with bleeding. Any mole that exhibits any of these changes should be evaluated immediately by your physician.

Skin cancer, close-up of level IV melanoma

Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous type of the skin cancers. Typical features of melanomas include irregular borders, multiple colors within the lesion, rapid growth, and susceptibility to easy injury with bleeding. Any mole that exhibits any of these changes should be evaluated immediately by your physician.

Skin cancer, melanoma superficial spreading

Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous type of the skin cancers. Typical features of melanomas include irregular borders, multiple colors within the lesion, rapid growth, and susceptibility to easy injury with bleeding. Any mole that exhibits any of these changes should be evaluated immediately by your health care provider.

Melanoma

Melanoma is a malignant skin tumor that involves the skin cells that produce pigment (melanin). The risk of melanoma increases with age, but frequently effects young, otherwise healthy people. Melanoma is an aggressive type of cancer that can spread very rapidly.

Skin cancer, melanoma - raised, dark lesion

Note the presence of multiple colors within this melanoma lesion. It is referred to as patriotic cancer because it is typically colored red, white, blue/black. This is a common appearance for a melanoma.

Malignant melanoma

Melanoma is a malignant skin tumor that involves the skin cells that produce pigment (melanin). The risk of melanoma increases with age, but frequently effects young, otherwise healthy people. Melanoma is the number one cause of cancer death in women aged 25 to 30.

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