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Nail Cancer: 2 Kalamazoo residents vow to raise awareness, and the survival rate, for rarely diagnosed melanoma
Published: Monday, March 14, 2011, 12:05 PM Updated: Monday, March 14, 2011, 12:08 PM
By Kaye Bennett | Special to the Kalamazoo Gazette The Kalamazoo Gazette


That form of cancer, of the nail, is so rare that only about 80 people a year in this country are diagnosed with it, and those who get it are more likely persons of color, which Hoekstra is not.


Acral Lentiginous Melanoma (Nail Cancer)*

Listed as a rare disease by National Institutes of Health, meaning it affects less than 200,000 people in the U.S.
Higher incidence in people of color
Has a lower survival rate than the other three types of malignant melanoma
Occurs mainly on nail beds, palms of hands and soles of feet
Poor survival rate may be in part because of delayed diagnosis
Incidence in men and women is similar
Mean age at diagnosis is 62.8 years
Diagnosed with biopsy
Treated with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation
Jamaican musician Bob Marley died of nail cancer at age 36 in 1981.

*Information fromArchives of Dermatology, April 2009, vol. 145, no. 4

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