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Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops from pigment (colour) producing cells in the skin, called melanocytes. These are the cells responsible for the colour of our skin, eyes and hair. When these cells divide in an unusual way, it can result in melanoma. Melanoma can be more serious than other types of skin cancer, it can progress quickly and be life-threatening if left untreated.