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South Korean woman with black gums gets diagnosed with rare skin cancer in mouth

from Medical Daily

A blow to the mouth landed a woman in the hospital but ultimately saved her life in South Korea. Doctors conducted a dental X-ray and found no bone destruction, but something rare: diffused black pigmentation on both her upper gums and the roof of her mouth. The 60-year-old woman, a lifelong nonsmoker and nondrinker, was diagnosed with oral malignant melanoma — skin cancer of the mouth — after suffering from discolored gums for two months, according to the case report published in The New England Journal of Medicine. more

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