Melanoma is caused by the overproduction of certain skin cells called melanocytes. This cell overgrowth usually starts on an existing mole on the skin or as a new skin growth. Generally, these growths are found in areas of skin that are exposed to sunlight, although they may be found in other parts of the body, including internal mucous membranes like those found in the esophagus and urinary tract. If left untreated, melanoma can spread rapidly to other parts of the body, so it is considered one of the more serious types of skin cancer.
- Q Can I develop melanoma on parts of my body that do not get sun?
- Q What are the different types of melanoma?
- Q Can children get melanoma?
- Q Can melanoma occur on the feet?
- Q What factors affect my prognosis with melanoma?
- Q What is the survival rate for melanoma of the foot?