This is the purest example of an amelanotic melanoma with no pigment discernable in this lesion. It is an elevated nodule with loss of dermatoglyphics over the central part of it suggesting vertical growth phase. These are easily missed. This lesion stood out on a heavily tanned young female golfer. The lesion was just below the cuff of her short sleeved blouse. It was fortunate for her that dermatologists are always fairly observant, even in non-medical settings. 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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|Wednesday 30th of August 2006|