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May 1979

Melanoma in Africans: A Clinical Appraisal

Author Affiliations

From the Institute for Skin Treatment and Research, Aba, Nigeria.

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(5):626. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010050056022

Six cases of melanoma were seen at our Institute in Nigeria from December 1974 to May 1977. At the time of first consultation, all the patients were middle-aged or past middle age. For none of the patients was the exact time at onset of the melanoma certain, but the patients started experiencing symptoms (pains, ulceration, and abnormal growth) six to 18 months before their first visits to our hospital.

Report of Cases  The study comprised four male patients and two female, four of whom had melanoma of the sole of the foot. Of the remaining two, one had subungual melanoma of the big toe and one had intraocular melanoma of the right eye. On the sole, the melanoma tended to be located within the proximal two thirds of the foot (Fig 1) and displayed assorted colors, depending partly on the depth in the skin of the melanotic cells.1,2 The

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