melanocytes

Dermal nevus

What is a dermal nevus? A dermal nevus is a non-cancerous type of growth made up of specialized cells called melanocytes. Dermal nevi (more than one nevus are called nevi) are usually seen in individuals of lighter skin complexion and can be found anywhere on the body. Most dermal nevi are called acquired because they …
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Compound nevus

What is a compound nevus? A compound nevus is a non-cancerous type of growth made up of specialized cells called melanocytes. Compound nevi are usually seen in individuals of lighter skin complexion and can be found anywhere on the body. Another name for this type of growth is a mole. Mole is a common term …
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Melanoma in situ of the skin

What is melanoma in situ? Melanoma in situ is a type of early, non-invasive skin cancer. The tumour is made up of specialized cells called melanocytes. Another name for melanoma in situ is lentigo maligna. In melanoma in situ, the abnormal melanocytes are only found in the top layer of the skin called the epidermis. …
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