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Malignant Melanoma

Melanoma is a potentially serious type of skin cancer, in which there is uncontrolled growth of melanocytes (pigment cells). Melanoma is sometimes called malignant melanoma.




Histopathology explained


The pathologist's report above includes a macroscopic description (the naked eye view), of the specimen and a microscopic description. The following features suggest an invasive melanoma.

  • Diagnosis of primary melanoma
  • Breslow thickness to the nearest 0.1 mm
  • Clark level of invasion
  • Margins of excision i.e. the normal tissue around the tumour
  • Mitotic rate – a measure of how fast the cells are proliferating
  • Whether or not there is ulceration

The report includes comments about cell type and its growth pattern, invasion of blood vessels or nerves, inflammatory response, regression and whether there is associated in-situ disease





The ABCDEs of Melanoma

A Asymmetry 
B Border irregularity 
C Colour variation 
D Diameter over 6 mm 
E Evolving (enlarging, changing)







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Dr Patrick Treacy H. Dip Dermatology MICGP MBCAM has extensive experience in dealing with skin cancers having worked in both the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN USA and in Queensland, Australia with malignant melanoma for many years. He wrote a sentinel paper on malignant melanoma over thirty years ago which was amongst the first to note the rising incidence of CMM at the Mayo Clinic in the period 1950 to 1985 Click 


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