Darkly Pigmented Lesions in Dark‐Skinned Patients

DEBRA CHESTER KALTER, Leonard Harry Goldberg, THEODORE ROSEN

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Abstract

It is well known that fair-haired, fair-complected individuals have an increased risk of skin malignancies. Current literature, however, gives no aid in evaluating darkly pigmented lesions in the dark-skinned patient. Blacks have an incidence of malignant melanoma from 5 to 18 times less than whites, while Hispanics have a higher incidence than blacks, but 3.5 to 4.5 times less than whites. Basal-cell epitheliomas are more likely to be darkly pigmented in both groups, leading to erroneous diagnosis and treatment as melanomas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)876-881
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of dermatologic surgery and oncology
Volume10
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Dermatology

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