Note the presence of multiple colors within this melanoma lesion. It is referred to as "patriotic cancer" because it is typically colored red, white, blue/black. This is a common appearance for a melanoma.
A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, and David R. Eltz. Previously reviewed by Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network (7/26/2011).