melanoma

Pronunciation: (MEH-luh-NOH-muh)

A form of cancer that begins in melanocytes (cells that make the pigment melanin). It may begin in a mole (skin melanoma), but can also begin in other pigmented tissues, such as in the eye or in the intestines.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Anatomy of the skin, showing the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue. Melanocytes are in the layer of basal cells at the deepest part of the epidermis.Anatomía de la piel que muestra la epidermis y la dermis. Los melanocitos están en la capa de las células basales, en la parte más profunda de la epidermis. Date last modified: 2008-10-17Skin Cancer (Including Melanoma)Cáncer de piel