Melanoma (pronounced /ˌmɛləˈnoʊmə/ ( listen)) is a malignant tumor of melanocytes. Such cells are found predominantly in skin, but are also found in the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma is one of the less common types of skin cancer, but causes the majority (75%) of skin cancer related deaths. Melanocytes are normally present in skin, being responsible for the production of the dark pigment melanin. Despite many years of intensive laboratory and clinical research, early surgical resection of thin tumors still gives the greatest chance of cure.Read more on Wikipedia
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