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What is acral lentiginous melanoma?

Acral lentiginous melanoma is a subtype of melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Acral lentiginous melanoma, like all types of melanoma, starts in the cells that make melanin, which is the protective pigment that gives skin color. Unlike other types of melanoma, acral lentiginous melanoma generally occurs on areas of skin that aren't exposed to the sun, including palms, soles, nail beds, and mucous membranes. Because of this, it is sometimes called "hidden melanoma" and may not be found or diagnosed till its later stages.

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