NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Melanoma, Version 1.2014
6 Layers of the skin
7 What is melanoma skin cancer?
8 How melanoma spreads
9 Types of melanoma
10 Signs and symptoms of melanoma
11 Melanoma risks and prevention
13 Websites | Review
You’ve learned that you have
melanoma skin cancer. It’s common
to feel shocked and confused. Part 1
reviews some basics about melanoma
that may help you better understand
this disease. These basics may also
help you start planning for treatment.
Layers of the skin
The skin is the largest organ of the body. The skin
has two layers. The outer layer, which can be seen,
is called the epidermis. The second layer, under the
epidermis, is called the dermis. Under the dermis is
the subcutaneous tissue.
See Figure 1.
Figure 1. Parts of the skin
The skin has two layers. The outer layer is called the
epidermis. The second layer is called the dermis.
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