Melanoma - skin
Summary
Location: Skin
Behavior: Usually no malignant behavior on hairy skin, contrary to the transition with mucous membranes
Diagnostics: Needle aspiration/ lymph node removal, radiography (bone and chest cavity), ultrasound abdomen, CT/MRI scan
Treatment: Surgery and complementary radiotherapy (primary tumor).
Prognosis: Depends on the stage and used treatment method
Pictures
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The outside of the right ear shows a black melanoma tumor with blisters on. Bloody fluid can drain from these blisters. Therefore locally moist hairs in the coat can be a reason to check whether there is no underlying tumor from which moisture drains.
A bulging with several black melanoma tumors is visible under the left eye.
References
  1. Bergman PJ, Kent MS. melanomaOral. Withrow and MacEwen's Small Animal Clinical Oncology, Chapter 19 (p 321-330).