Acral lentiginous melanoma
What is Acral lentiginous melanoma?
Acral lentiginous melanoma is a kind of lentiginous skin melanoma. Melanoma is a potentially serious skin cancer that arises from pigment cells (melanocytes). Although acral lentiginous melanoma is rare in Caucasians and people with lighter skin types, it is the most common subtype in people with darker skins. Acral lentiginous melanoma is observed on the palms, soles, under the nails and in the oral mucosaIt occurs on non hair-bearing surfaces of the body, which may or may not be exposed to sunlight. It is also found on mucous membranes. It is the most common form of melanoma diagnosed amongst Asian and Black ethnic groups. The average age at diagnosis is between sixty and seventy years.