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Does sun exposure increase my risk for acral lentiginous melanoma?

Unlike other types of melanoma, acral lentiginous melanoma does not seem to be related to sun exposure. It often develops on areas of skin that aren't exposed to the sun, such as palms, soles, nail beds, and mucous membranes. Acral lentiginous melanoma begins in the same types of cells that produce the pigment that causes skin to tan when exposed to sun, but these cells are found all over your skin, not just in areas exposed to the sun.

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