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Pathologic characteristics of melanoma

INTRODUCTION

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".)

                      

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Literature review current through: Jun 2014. | This topic last updated: Jan 22, 2014.
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