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Cases J. 2008 Oct 4;1(1):212. doi: 10.1186/1757-1626-1-212.

Primary cutaneous melanoma of the breast: A case report.

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Department of General surgery, Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, UK.



Primary cutaneous melanoma of the breast is a very rare tumour, accounting for < 5% of all malignant melanomas.


A young lady was seen in the breast clinic for a skin lesion in the right breast. Clinical examination and investigations confirmed a diagnosis of a primary cutaneous melanoma of the breast. The lesion was excised and the patient made good recovery. She has shown no signs of local recurrence and is under regular follow-up in the dermatology clinic.


This case is educational as it shows that the treatment of breast cutaneous melanoma is similar to that for any skin parts with surgery remaining the main therapeutic option. It also shows that mastectomy is unnecessary as it does not improve the results obtained by wide local excision of melanoma.

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