Trends in melanoma have rarely been reported in nonwhite populations and studies generally have concerned low numbers of cases. In most reviews, 60% to 70% of melanomas in blacks were located on the foot or hand.1,2 In the French West Indies, we observed about 90% of acrally located melanoma in the African-Caribbean population. We studied the epidemiological patterns of acrally located melanoma in African-Europeans living in the French West Indies (Martinique) from 1976 to 1995.
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