Acral Lentiginous Melanoma

While there are many types of skin cancers, one that few people have heard of is called acral lentiginous melanoma. Patients should be aware of what exactly this particular type of skin cancer is, how to detect it, and what might cause it.

If you’ve started to notice any of the signs of melanoma, make sure that you call Dr. Perri today at (281) 943-2749. Dr. Perri is so passionate about keeping his patients healthy that he stays late and often comes in early to make sure that you get the care you need. He also offers comprehensive baseline skin examinations to every single one of his patients because early detection is one of the best ways to combat cancer. Give us a call today if you have any questions or if you’ve started to notice any signs or symptoms of skin cancer.

What Is Acral Lentiginous Melanoma?

Patients can perform their own self-examinations, but it’s almost always best to get regular skin exams. One of the things that your dermatologist will look for is any sign of acral lentiginous melanoma, sometimes referred to as acral lentiginous melanoma.

Acral lentiginous melanoma, is a type of skin cancer that usually shows up in these areas:

  • The palms of the hands
  • The soles of the feet
  • Under the nails
  • Mucous membranes

Signs and Symptoms of Acral Lentiginous Melanoma

Patients should examine themselves about once a month to check for signs of melanoma. Acral lentiginous melanoma is notorious for going undetected because it appears like a normal, dark patch of skin so keep an eye on any new areas of pigment changes.

Acral lentiginous melanoma shows up as a dark spot or area of pigmentation on palms of the hands and soles of the feet. It is often mistaken for a freckle or a stain. When it presents under the fingernails, there will be a dark line or stripe running across the nail or up from the bottom of the nail.

If you notice a recent bruise isn’t going away, you have a nail that suddenly starts to lift make sure that you contact Dr. Perri immediately. These are all potential warning signs of acral lentiginous melanoma.

Causes of Acral Lentiginous Melanoma

While wearing sunscreen in the sun is one of the best ways to prevent skin cancer, one of the few melanomas not caused by sun exposure is acral lentiginous melanoma. Patients who are diagnosed with this type of skin cancer may have very little sun exposure. Instead, acral lentiginous melanoma is caused by the skin pigment cells (called melanocytes) becoming malignant. The exact cause of why these cells turn malignant is not known.

Treatment for Acral Lentiginous Melanoma

The first step is to perform a biopsy to confirm that the pigmented spot is, in fact, acral lentiginous melanoma. If the biopsy confirms that there is melanoma, Dr. Perri will discuss in great detail what the treatment options are with each patient. However, completely removing the melanoma is a common treatment method. Dr. Perri will also ensure that the melanoma has not spread to other areas of the body.

If you suspect that you may have acral lentiginous melanoma, make sure that you call Dr. Perri immediately at his office. Acral lentiginous melanoma, is often allowed to grow and get worse because patients either don’t realize what it is or simply ignore it. When detected early, treating acral lentiginous melanoma can be extremely successful. Dr. Perri maintains a very relaxed office environment because we want every single one of our patients to feel comfortable from the moment they walk through the door. After you contact us, the first step will be to setup a time for you to visit our office, meet Dr. Perri, and discuss all of your questions and concerns. We can’t wait to talk with you so give us a call today!