Mucosal Melanoma

This is a cancer that does not play fair! Melanoma in the esophagus, how the heck are you supposed to detect this.  We think of melanoma on the skin, however……

Picture above is a melanoma diagnosed in the esophagus.

“Mucosal melanoma is a rare form of melanoma, making up only about 1% of melanoma cases. As with other areas of the skin, melanocytes, the pigment producing cells of the body, are also present in the mucosal surfaces of the body, lining the sinuses, nasal passages, oral cavity, vagina, anus and other areas. Just like melanocytes in other parts of the body, these can transform into cancerous cells, resulting in mucosal melanoma.”

Melanoma is usually diagnosed by being able to see it. In this case, for a mucosal melanoma, it is diagnosed after vague complaints such as rectal/vaginal bleeding, unhealed sores that don’t heal or other VERY nondescript symptoms.

A cutaneous melanoma can have these characteristics:


B-irregular Border

C-Color change

D-Dameter greater than 6 mm

E-Evolution of a mole

When in doubt, see you doctor.

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