Amelanotic melanoma

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Amelanotic melanoma
Canine malignant melanoma.JPG
Amelanotic melanoma on dog's toe
Classification and external resources
Specialty oncology, dermatology
ICD-10 C43 ILDS C43.L50)

Amelanotic melanoma is a type of skin cancer in which the cells do not make melanin.[1]:696[2] They can be pink,red,purple or of normal skin color, hence difficult to recognise. It has an asymmetrical shape, and an irregular faintly pigmented border. Their atypical appearance leads to delay in diagnosis, the prognosis is poor and the rate of recurrence is high.

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  1. ^ James, William D.; Berger, Timothy G.; et al. (2006). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: clinical Dermatology. Saunders Elsevier. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0. 
  2. ^ Rapini, Ronald P.; Bolognia, Jean L.; Jorizzo, Joseph L. (2007). Dermatology: 2-Volume Set. St. Louis: Mosby. ISBN 1-4160-2999-0. 

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the U.S. National Cancer Institute document "Dictionary of Cancer Terms".