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About melanoma

Melanoma is less common than some other types of skin cancer, but it’s more likely to grow and spread. It develops when pigment-producing cells known as melanocytes mutate. Although most melanocytes are found in the skin, some occur in the eyes and other parts of the body.

The exact cause of melanoma isn’t always clear, but certain factors, such as exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or tanning beds, increase your risk. Knowing the risk factors and warning signs of melanoma may help with early detection and treatment.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 96,480 people in the United States will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2019.

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