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Study describes differences between mutation profile of acral nevi and acral melanoma – News-Medical.Net

Melanocytic nevi, or moles, are nonmalignant growths that arise from pigment producing cells of the skin.

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Melanocytic nevi, or moles, are nonmalignant growths that arise from pigment producing cells of the skin. They are mostly found in sun-exposed areas; however, they also can be found in sun-protected areas, such as the palms, soles of feet and nail beds, where they are known as acral nevi. While the mutation profile of nevi in sun-exposed areas is well understood, less is known about the genes that are commonly mutated in acral nevi. And while a subset of melanoma of sun-exposed skin arises in nevi,…

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