Melanoma is an uncontrolled, abnormal growth of cells that starts in skin cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes are pigmented cells in the skin. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. Early detection is important because melanoma may metastasize (spread to other parts of the body).
Warning Signs of Melanoma
- Changes in the surface of a mole
- Scaliness, oozing, bleeding or the appearance of a new bump
- Spread of pigment from the border of a mole into surrounding skin.
- Change in sensation including itchiness, tenderness, pain.