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What causes polypoid melanoma?

Though the specific cause of polypoid melanoma is unknown, it's thought that melanoma develops when there are problems with the DNA that controls certain skin cells. In people with melanoma, DNA is damaged and causes an overgrowth of the skin cells that produce skin pigment. This overproduction of skin cells results in a cancerous melanoma growth, which can grow very tall above the skin in polypoid melanoma.

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