What are the racial predilections for head and neck mucosal melanomas?

Updated: May 07, 2020
  • Author: Neeraj N Mathur, MBBS, MS, DNB(ENT), MNAMS, FAMS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Prevalence of mucosal melanomas in the head and neck appears to vary by race. Mucosal melanoma, particularly in the oral cavity, is relatively common in Japan. In Ugandans, 10% of all melanomas are located in the oral or nasal cavities and are mucosal in origin. Those in the nasal cavity account for 2.6% of melanomas at all sites.


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