Melanoma is a type of skin cancer, starting from the melanocyte cells, which are a group of cells that produces the brown-black pigment called melanin, that gives the skin a brown or tanned color. As with most definitions there are exceptions, and sometimes melanoma cancer cells can also be purple, pink, or red in color, if the cells stops producing the coloring pigment. Melanoma can affect any part of the body and eventually spread to other parts of the body. Women often develop it around their arms and legs, men are more prone to develop it around their core. In the following we will list all the important details about melanoma.
Every year 1-2 percent of deaths in the US happens due to melanoma, and even though only 4% of all types of skin cancers constitutes of melanoma, it accounts for almost 80 percent of all deaths, which can be related to skin cancer. Melanoma is most often seen in adults, but for young women between 25-29 years old, it’s actually the most common type of cancer. In men melanoma is often seen in the age group of 30 to 49.