Acral lentiginous melanomas are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage. It is important to monitor your skin and contact your GP if you notice any changes.
Remember – Acral lentiginous melanoma occurs in ALL skin colours.
Advice for people of colour
There is a common misconception that melanoma skin cancer doesn’t occur in people with black or brown skin. While it is true that skin with higher levels of melanin has some natural protection against the sun, this does not mean people of colour are completely protected against melanoma.
This misconception means that many people of colour are unaware of the signs of acral lentiginous melanoma. Its appearance can be similar to other common skin conditions, resulting in misdiagnosis. These factors mean acral lentiginous melanoma is often diagnosed at a later stage, resulting in poorer outcomes for patients.
Not directly linked to sun exposure
Acral lentiginous melanoma is not directly related to sun exposure and the incidence rates are similar across all skin types.
Remember – whatever your skin type, even if you feel you don’t need suncream to protect you against sunburn, it can still prevent other forms of skin damage, such as skin ageing, hyperpigmentation and skin cancer.