Malignant melanoma

  • B.-R. Balda
  • H. Starz
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Abstract

Malignant melanoma is a malignant tumour originating from the transformation of melanocytes or naevus cells. These cells, arising from the neural crest are not only encountered in the skin and the adjacent mucous membranes, but also in the uvea, retina and central nervous system. Nonetheless, between 85% and 90% of melanomas arise on the outer skin.

Synonym

Black skin cancer 

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