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Is Melanoma the Same as Skin Cancer?

by Dr. Natalia Spierings, Dermatology Expert
August 16, 2019

Question: Is melanoma the same as skin cancer?

Answer: Yes, melanoma is a type of skin cancer. The different types of skincancer are classified according to the cell from which they come from:melanomas are melanocytes (the cells in the skin which produce the pigment inyour skin), basal cell carcinomas come from basal cells in the skin and squamouscell carcinomas comes from squamous cells in the skin. These are the three mostcommon types but there are more. 

Dr. Natalia Spierings is a consultant dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic and dermatologic surgeon.

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