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Autumn 2005, Vol. 13 No. 3

Hong Kong J. Dermatol. Venereol. (2005) 13, 130-140


Original Article

Cutaneous melanoma: clinical features of 32 Hong Kong Chinese patients

SK Hui 許紹基, KH Lau 劉家豪, CY Leung 梁志仁, WYM Tang 鄧旭明, KC Yau 游高照, NJ Trendell-Smith 特倫德爾-史密斯, TW Wong 黃子惠, LY Chong 莊禮賢, KK Lo 盧乾剛

Abstract
Cutaneous melanoma is an important disease entity for its potential fatality and its urgency of timely management. As tumour thickness is one of the most important prognostic factors and early recognition with definitive surgery provides the only chance of cure for cutaneous melanoma, health care workers are expected to be familiar with the early presentation of this malignant condition. The present study reviewed 32 patients with cutaneous melanoma in dermatology clinics of the Social Hygiene Service (SHS). It was found that the foot was the site of predilection (46.9%). Change in size and colour were the commonest presenting symptoms (84% and 44% respectively). Acral lentiginous melanoma was the commonest histological type (34.5%).