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.

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I have just been diagnosed with superfical spreading melanoma on my leg which was in situ. I've been told prognosis is very good. My question is...

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Risk of second melanoma is 5%

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Hi, i went to a skin doctor to look at my nails which had bands.. he took a biopsy of the nail and came back benign. THEY CALLED IT MELANICHIA then...

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The presence of pigmented bands over nails is called longitudinal melononychia.
It is a common and harmless condition....

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I have noticed dark lines under my finger nails for a couple of months now. The lines run from the nail bed to the edge of the nail. I...

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I understand your concern regarding melanoma which can present as dark line under nails.
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