Subungual Acral Lentiginous Melanoma (Nail Cancer) is a form of Melanoma that is found in the finger or toe nails. It is considered rare and so it’s unlikely that any health care provider will encounter a case in their career or training. Thus, when a patient/client presents with a discoloration on the nail, health care providers are unlikely to diagnosis it as a Melanoma. Often it can be misdiagnosed as a toe fungus, bruise or birthmark/mole.
It is vital that tan, darkened, or black nails be biopsied to rule out that it is not Subungual Acral Lentiginous Melanoma (Nail Cancer). A biopsy is the ONLY way to determine an accurate diagnosis.
If a positive diagnosis occurs, surgery is required immediately. In most cases, amputation of the entire or partial digit is required to remove the affected area. Treatment of Nail Cancer is determined after the diagnosis of the stage of Cancer has been determined. Chemotherapy, Radiation or other treatments may be required.
Subungual Acral Lentiginous Melanoma (Nail Cancer) has a higher incidence in People of Color.
There is little information about Subungual Acral Lentiginous Melanoma (Nail Cancer) available. It is imperative that this information is passed along to others and shared with as many people as possible in order to ensure that individuals have a fighting chance to survive this deadly, silent killer.
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