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What causes acral lentiginous melanoma?

Though the specific cause of acral lentiginous melanoma is unknown, it's thought that melanoma develops when there are problems with the DNA that controls certain skin cells. In people with acral lentiginous melanoma, DNA is damaged and causes an overgrowth of the skin cells that produce skin pigment. This overproduction of cells results in a cancerous melanoma growth.

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