What are the symptoms of polypoid melanoma?


Symptoms of polypoid melanoma usually include new growths on the skin. These dome-shaped growths are often darkly-colored, but they may be light brown or light pink. Polypoid melanoma growths usually appear quickly out of nowhere and grow very quickly, often becoming quite tall. Generally, polypoid melanoma is found on the torso, but it can be found anywhere on the body, including mucous membranes. Since symptoms may vary in appearance, and since the disease progresses very rapidly, it's important to see a doctor if you think you may have polypoid melanoma.

Continue Learning about Melanoma


The most serious type of skin cancer, melanoma affects the cells that give our skin its color. Although it can spread easily, it is curable when treated early.This cancer forms when the cells that make melanin grow abnormally or d...

o not die when they should. These cells, called melanocytes, are found in our skin’s outer layer. Melanoma typically begins in a mole or birthmark but can form in other tissues with pigmentation, such as your eye. When melanoma develops in the eye, it is called Intraocular Melanoma. Protect yourself by avoiding overexposure from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Stay vigilant of any changes in your skin, especially if you have the skin disease Xeroderma pigmentosum, which makes you sensitive to light. You are also more likely to develop melanoma if someone in your family has been previously diagnosed with this specific type of cancer.

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