Polypoid melanoma is a subtype of nodular melanoma, the most aggressive form of melanoma (a skin cancer). Polypoid melanoma, like all types of melanoma, starts in the cells that make melanin, which is the protective pigment that gives skin color. Polypoid melanoma is most commonly found on the torso but may be found in unexpected places like the nasal mucous membranes and the rectum. Sometimes polypoid melanoma may develop on moles on your skin, but it usually occurs out of nowhere on normal skin. Polypoid melanoma can be treated if it's diagnosed early, but the disease progresses very rapidly and has a worse prognosis than many other types of melanoma.
- Q Can polypoid melanoma be prevented?
- Q What are the treatment options for polypoid melanoma?
- Q How do medications treat polypoid melanoma?
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with polypoid melanoma?
- Q What increases my risk for polypoid melanoma?
- Q What causes polypoid melanoma?