Malignant Melanoma (Including Nails) Quiz

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is malignant melanoma (including nails)?

A type of skin cancer, develops in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin — the pigment that gives the skin its color. It may spread to other organs in the body.

Symptoms of malignant melanoma (including nails)

  • Dark spots on skin

  • Black/blue/brown spots or moles, on the skin and lining of the mouth

  • Skin abnormality

  • Sores or ulcers of the skin

Questions your doctor may ask to check for malignant melanoma (including nails)

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose malignant melanoma (including nails)

  • Do you have skin darkening?

  • Are there black, blue, or brown spots on the skin or elsewhere? (Including moles)

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you have skin ulcers (sores)?

Treatment for malignant melanoma (including nails)

Treatment depends on the size and stage of the cancer and overall health.Treatment for early-stage melanomas usually includes surgery to remove the melanoma. If it has spread beyond the skin, treatment options may include surgery to remove affected lymph nodes, immunotherapy (a drug treatment that helps the immune system to fight cancer), radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

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