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How does soft tissue melanoma affect the body?

Soft tissue melanomas starts in certain cells of the body's soft tissue. This type of cancer, also known as malignant melanoma of soft parts, is known as a melanoma because it's related to a type of cell called melanocytes. When certain DNA mutations occur, it causes an overproduction of these cells that form a tumor in the soft tissue, usually the tendons. Most commonly, soft tissue melanoma develops in the legs, but they can also form in other places throughout the body. Tumors usually cause a small lump that may be painful, and if they're not treated, they can continue to grow and may spread quickly throughout the body.

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