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What causes mucosal melanoma?

Though the specific cause of mucosal melanoma is unknown, it appears that melanoma develops when there are problems with the DNA that controls skin cells. In people with melanoma, DNA is damaged and causes an overgrowth of skin cells, which results in a cancerous melanoma. Unlike other melanoma, mucosal melanoma is not influenced by exposure to ultraviolet radiation, since it develops in areas not exposed to any light.

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