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How does desmoplastic melanoma affect the body?

Desmoplastic melanoma begins with the overproduction of certain skin cells called melanocytes, which are the cells that produce skin pigment. This cell overgrowth usually leads to a new skin growth that appears out of nowhere. Even though the affected cells produce pigment, these growths may not have any pigment at all, or the pigment may cause it to have a splotchy color. Generally, these growths are found on the head and neck, though they can form anywhere on the body. Desmoplastic melanoma lesions are usually elevated above the rest of the skin, and they often grow very deep into the skin rather than covering a wide area of skin. If left untreated, desmoplastic melanoma may spread to other areas of the body relatively quickly.

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