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What is desmoplastic melanoma?

Desmoplastic melanoma is a rare form of melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Desmoplastic melanoma, like all types of melanoma, starts in skin cells that make melanin, which is the protective pigment that gives skin color. Desmoplastic melanoma is often found in areas of skin that are exposed to sunlight, most commonly the neck and head. However, it may develop elsewhere on the body, including in mucous membranes. Unlike other types of melanoma that cause dark, mole-like growths, the growths caused by desmoplastic melanoma are often flesh-colored, which may make diagnosis a bit difficult.

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