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Oncol Lett. 2014 Jul;8(1):238-240. Epub 2014 May 7.

Primary malignant melanoma of the breast: A case report and review of the literature.

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1
Department of General Surgery, Daping Hospital and Research Institute of Surgery, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 400042, P.R. China.
2
Department of Pathology, Daping Hospital and Research Institute of Surgery, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 400042, P.R. China.

Abstract

Malignant melanoma predominantly occurs in the skin and mucous membranes, thus, malignant melanoma of the breast is particularly rare. In the current study, a case of a 26-year-old female with a malignant melanoma of the breast is presented. On diagnosis of the patient, extensive metastasis had occurred. The patient refused any treatment and succumbed two months after the initial diagnosis. The prognosis for patients with this rare tumour of the breast is somewhat poor. Early diagnosis, correct surgical resection and comprehensive adjuvant therapy are the key procedures that may improve the patient survival rate. The current case report aims to increase the awareness of uncommon tumours of the breast.

KEYWORDS:

breast; diagnosis; primary malignant melanoma; therapy

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