What is Lentiginous Melanoma of The Skin?Lentiginous melanoma is a slowly growing type of skin cancer that arises from skin cells that produce pigments and usually develop in sun-damaged areas of the skin. The most commonly affected sites are the trunk, legs, and arms.
Disease Etiology (Causes)There is no well-known cause, but a strong association has been found between sun damage to the skin and the development of lentiginous melanoma. As such, it is commonly seen in outdoor workers, the elderly, and people with fair skin.
Signs and SymptomsThe patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Irregular shape lesion of brown, dark brown, pink, red, or white color
- Bleeding from the tumor site
- Ulceration (breakage of skin) of the tumor or the affected surface
DiagnosisThe following diagnostic techniques and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis these are
- Diagnostic imaging techniques such as USG, CT-scan, MRI, and PET scan can be used to detect the site, size, and extent of the tumor.
- Skin biopsy