Malignant melanoma also melanoma is an aggressive type of skin cancer that can be diagnostically challenging for pathologists it fits into the larger category of melanocytic lesions which includes many benign entities a number of which can be difficult to distinguish from melanoma. Melanoma pathology understanding your report a melanoma pathology report will be scientific and could be difficult to understand however it will contain important information that may help indicate necessary tests melanoma therapies and prognosis of your melanoma diagnosis you should ask for a copy to keep in your files. Essential to a discussion of the pathology of malignant melanoma is an understanding of the four major subtypes into which melanoma is divided 9 three of the subtypes superficial spreading melanoma acral lentiginous melanoma and lentigo maligna represent radial growth phase melanoma an intraepidermal proliferation of malignant melanocytes malignant cell invasion of the dermis . Melanoma is the fourth most common cancer in new zealand and incidence is increasing new zealand has the highest rate of melanoma worldwide and risk is greatest for non maori men aged over 50 years the clinical lesion is usually an irregularly shaped asymmetrical lesion with varying colors with a history of recent change in size shape colour or sensation. This is an example of a pathology report for a melanoma diagnosis the purpose of the report is to describe the specific characteristics of the melanoma that support the diagnosis and to give information about prognosisit will help your doctor determine the best melanoma treatment options for you
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