Malignant Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer. If left untreated, malignant melanoma can metastasize to other parts of the body. Though this is the most aggressive form of skin cancer, if caught early, it is very treatable and usually has a good prognosis. The characteristics of melanoma are different than the other types of skin cancer. Melanoma can develop from a preexisting mole or as new growth. Melanomas can develop from preexisting moles, so it is important to do regular self mole checks. If a mole is changing in any way, see your dermatologist. Not all changing growths are melanoma, but it is important to have changing moles checked by a dermatologist.
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