What is the difference between MELANOMA and SKIN CANCER?
This is a question often asked or implied though it could be phrased better with more information. 

Actually, melanoma IS a skin cancer, though by far the least common.  Less than 1% of all skin cancers are melanomas, though it is the most dangerous. The other 2 types : basal and squamous are usually not fatal; melanoma almost always is if left untreated.

Melanomas also are not as related to sun exposure as the more common skin cancers: they may occur anywhere on the skin, including the fingers, toes, scalp, genitals, & within the eye.

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