Glossary Term:

Title

melanoma

Phonetic

<b>mel</b>-uh-<b>NO</b>-muh

Description

a cancerous (malignant) tumor that begins in the cells that make the skin coloring (these cells are called melanocytes). Melanoma is almost always curable when found early. But it is likely to spread, and once it has spread to other parts of the body the chances for a cure are much lower.