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Melanoma is a very serious type of cancer of the skin. Melanoma specifically affects the skin cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin, which is a protective pigment that makes the skin darker or tan.

A brown or dark striped line down the fingernail should be examined for malignant melanoma, especially if it changes thickness or the borders become irregular.

Finger Nail Melanoma

A brown or dark striped line down the fingernail should be examined for malignant melanoma, especially if it changes thickness or the borders become irregular.

Malignant melanomas are not always darkly pigmented, which makes it sometimes difficult to detect malignant melanomas.

Pinkish brown malignant melanoma

Malignant melanomas are not always darkly pigmented, which makes it sometimes difficult to detect malignant melanomas.

Body photographs can help determine if moles are changing in shape.

Red-black mole that is malignant melanoma

Body photographs can help determine if moles are changing in shape.

Pink melanoma that lacks dark pigment is known as amelanotic melanoma.  This cancerous melanoma grew rapidly in size and grew several shades of pink.c

Yellow and pink malignant melanoma mole

Pink melanoma that lacks dark pigment is known as amelanotic melanoma. This cancerous melanoma grew rapidly in size and grew several shades of pink.c

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