Cutaneous melanoma or melanoma of the skin melanoma that occurs on the skin called cutaneous melanoma is the most common type of melanoma this type of melanoma occurs in all parts of the skin including the soles of feet on the palms of the hand in between toes and fingers and underneath the finger and toe nails. Melanoma is a malignancy of pigment producing cells melanocytes located predominantly in the skin but also found in the eyes ears gi tract leptomeninges and oral and genital mucous membranes melanoma accounts for only 4 of all skin cancers however it causes the greatest number of skin cancer related deaths worldwide. Superficial spreading melanoma superficial spreading melanoma is the most common type of cutaneous melanoma it will slowly grow horizontally across the outermost layer of skin before beginning to invade into deeper layers of the skin. Cutaneous melanoma is a cancer that starts in the pigment producing cells of the skin cutaneous melanoma causes more than 10000 deaths each year but it has a 98 percent five year survival rate when caught early some melanomas are non cutaneous non cutaneous melanomas are extremely rare they tend to show up in places that we dont often think of as skin such as the
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