More Than the Skin You’re In: A Look at Non-Cutaneous Melanomas

Source: Cure, March 2017

Did you know that melanoma isn’t just skin cancer? It can also develop in the eyes (ocular melanoma) and in the mucous membranes of the body (mucosal melanoma).

“Melanoma does not discriminate. It can occur virtually anywhere on the body and it doesn’t care about your age, race or gender,” said Shelby Moneer, director of education at the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF).

Melanoma of the skin, known as cutaneous melanoma, is the deadliest type of skin cancer. However, melanoma is not just skin cancer. It can also develop in the eyes (ocular melanoma) and in the mucous membranes of the body (mucosal melanoma).

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