Volume 50, Number 6
Image of a skin cancer stain for prognosis of mitotic activity in human cancer cells.
Melanomas in Asians have different clinicopathological characteristics and prognosis from melanomas in Caucasians. A recent study reviewed the epidemiology and treatment outcomes of cutaneous melanoma within a multiracial population in Singapore. It found that Asians tend to present at a later stage and had higher mortality rates compared to Caucasians. The most common site of presentation in Asians was the sole of foot versus the back and lower limb in Caucasians. Skin cancer awareness and identification of risk factors that may predispose patients to melanoma, including the acral lentiginous melanoma subtype, are critical to improve survival rates with earlier detection.