Pediatric melanoma: A statistical snapshot

Sep 12, 2014, 4:00am

Statistics from the Skin Cancer Foundation indicate that melanoma is increasingly detected among younger age groups.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation:

  • Ninety percent of pediatric melanoma cases occur in patients ages 10 through 19;

  • Melanoma in children is more likely to occur in people of darker skin types than in adults, with 6.5 percent of pediatric melanomas occurring in non-Caucasians;

  • Melanoma accounts for up to 3 percent of all pediatric cancers (6 percent of cancer cases in teens ages 15 to 19).

Source: http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts#pediatrics