Melanoma

Melanoma begins in the skin cells (melanocytes) that make the pigment that colors your skin. It is a serious form of skin cancer that usually starts in unmarked, normal skin. But it can start in a mole or birthmark.

When melanocytes grow out of control, they can spread from the epidermis, which is the upper layer of skin, down into the dermis. If melanoma isn't treated, it can spread to other parts of your body.

ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology

Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

Current as of: November 14, 2014

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology