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Melanoma and pregnancy Volume 16, issue 3, Juillet-Août-Septembre 2014

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Service de dermatologie, APHP-Hôpital Saint Louis, 1 av Claude Vellefaux 75475 Paris cedex 10, France
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Diagnosis of cancer during pregnancy is not an uncommon situation and melanoma constitutes a high proportion of all cancers diagnosed in pregnancy accounting for up to 8% of all malignancies diagnosed during pregnancy. Transplacental metastasis spread of melanoma is rare, however, melanoma is the most common maternal malignancy to metastasize to the placenta or to the fetus. Diagnosis of melanoma during pregnancy raises concern about prognosis for the fetus, prognosis for women diagnosed with melanoma before or after pregnancy, possibility of evaluation and treatment. In the patient with widely metastatic disease, the issue of the patients's survival through pregnancy and ability to raise her child should be discussed.