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Pathologic characteristics of melanoma

April W Armstrong, MD, MPH
Vincent Liu, MD
Martin C Mihm, Jr, MD
Section Editors
Michael B Atkins, MD
Hensin Tsao, MD, PhD
Deputy Editor
Rosamaria Corona, MD, DSc


Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and the sixth most common cancer in North America [1].

Here we will review the pathologic features of cutaneous melanoma, including its growth phases, major histologic subtypes, and rare variants. Other aspects of melanoma, including the pathologic approach to evaluation of locoregional lymph nodes are discussed separately:

(See "Risk factors for the development of melanoma".)

(See "Inherited susceptibility to melanoma".)

(See "Screening and early detection of melanoma in adults and adolescents".)

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