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What are melanomas?

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Melanoma can be a life-threatening skin cancer. For men, it generally shows up first on the head, neck, or between the shoulders and hips. Women tend to get it on their arms and legs. You may also find it on the palm of your hand, sole of your foot, under a fingernail or toenail, in mucus linings, and even in your eye.

Melanoma is not hard to find and usually curable if treated early. But it grows faster than other types of skin cancer, and if it spreads beyond your skin, it's harder to treat.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Skin Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Skin Cancer," "Skin Cancer Treatment (PDQ®) - Patient Version: Treatment Options."

American Cancer Society: "Skin Cancer: Basal and Squamous Cells," "Melanoma Skin Cancer."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 7, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Skin Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Skin Cancer," "Skin Cancer Treatment (PDQ®) - Patient Version: Treatment Options."

American Cancer Society: "Skin Cancer: Basal and Squamous Cells," "Melanoma Skin Cancer."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 7, 2019

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