Acral Melanoma

Acral Melanoma

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Acral Melanoma


Acral melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops on the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet or beneath the nails.  Unlike other types of melanoma that are linked to sun exposure, acral melanoma occurs in areas of the skin that are not regularly exposed to the sun.

Symptoms of Acral Melanoma

Common symptoms include:

  • Unusual Spots or Lesions
  • Changes in Existing Moles or Lesions
  • Dark Streaks Under Nails
  • Nodules or Bumps
  • Pain or Sensitivity
  • Slow Healing or Ulceration

Factors Associated with Acral Melanoma

  1. Genetic Predisposition.  Genetic factors can play a role in an individual’s susceptibility to melanoma.  People with a family history of melanoma or certain genetic mutations might have an increased risk.
  2. Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation.  Unlike other types of melanoma that are often associated with sun exposure, this condition occurs in areas of the skin not typically exposed to the sun.  Hence, it’s not directly linked to UV radiation.
  3. Ethnicity and Skin Pigmentation.  Acral melanoma is more prevalent in individuals with darker skin tones.  However, it can occur in people of any ethnic background.
  4. Chronic Trauma or Friction.  Some studies suggest that chronic trauma, such as long-term pressure or friction on the skin of the palms, soles or under the nails, might be associated with the development of this condition in some cases.  However, this association is not fully established.
  5. Other Risk Factors.  Certain risk factors, such as age, a history of other skin cancers or immune suppression, might also contribute to an increased risk of developing melanoma, including acral melanoma.
Are you suffering from any foot condition?  At The Chelsea Clinic, we can help.  One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatments are best to get you back on track. Podiatrist South Kensington
Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at +44 (0) 207 101 4000


We hope you have a feetastic day!

-The Chelsea Clinic and Team



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