ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 172.3

Mal melanom face NEC/NOS

Diagnosis Code 172.3

ICD-9: 172.3
Short Description: Mal melanom face NEC/NOS
Long Description: Malignant melanoma of skin of other and unspecified parts of face
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 172.3

Code Classification
  • Neoplasms
    • Malignant neoplasm of bone, connective tissue, skin, and breast (170-176)
      • 172 Malignant melanoma of skin

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Malignant melanoma of chin
  • Malignant melanoma of forehead
  • Malignant melanoma of skin of cheek
  • Malignant melanoma of skin of chin
  • Malignant melanoma of skin of eyebrow
  • Malignant melanoma of skin of face
  • Malignant melanoma of skin of forehead
  • Malignant melanoma of skin of nose
  • Malignant melanoma of skin of temporal region
  • Malignant melanoma of temple
  • Melanoma in situ of face

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 172.3 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients


Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Often the first sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape, color, or feel of a mole. Most melanomas have a black or black-blue area. Melanoma may also appear as a new mole. It may be black, abnormal, or "ugly looking."

Thinking of "ABCDE" can help you remember what to watch for:

  • Asymmetry - the shape of one half does not match the other
  • Border - the edges are ragged, blurred or irregular
  • Color - the color is uneven and may include shades of black, brown and tan
  • Diameter - there is a change in size, usually an increase
  • Evolving - the mole has changed over the past few weeks or months

Surgery is the first treatment of all stages of melanoma. Other treatments include chemotherapy and radiation, biologic, and targeted therapies. Biologic therapy boosts your body's own ability to fight cancer. Targeted therapy uses substances that attack cancer cells without harming normal cells.

NIH: National Cancer Institute

  • After chemotherapy - discharge
  • Melanoma
  • Melanoma of the eye
  • Understanding Chemotherapy - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Cancer Institute)
  • What to Know about External Beam Radiation Therapy - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Cancer Institute)

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