This large densely pigmented lesion with irregular borders and some variegation of color at three o'clock occurring on the leg is a significant lesion of longstanding. The surface could almost be interpreted as the head of a seborrheic keratosis. Note the retention of the dermatoglyphics over this lesion in the left lower quadrant suggesting that the epidermis is still intact although the tumor is extending into the dermis. The malignant melanoma is a very serious and aggressive form of skin cancer. It is responsible for approximately eight thousand deaths a year and appears as an irregularly shaped area of uneven coloring.
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|Monday 14th of August 2006|