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How common is acral lentiginous melanoma?

In general, acral lentiginous melanoma is not a very common type of melanoma. In all, there are about 60,000 new cases of melanoma diagnosed each year in the United States. Acral lentiginous melanoma accounts for only about 5 to 10% of those melanoma cases. However, among African American, Latin American, Native American, and Asian people, it's the most common type of melanoma. Among people with dark skin, acral lentiginous melanoma accounts for about 50% of all melanoma cases.

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