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About 300 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with melanoma each year. While melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer in adults, skin cancer in children is almost always melanoma. Among children, melanoma often looks different and may grow faster than it does in adults.
Pediatric melanoma has increased on average 2 percent per year since 1973, although its incidence seems to have decreased over the last few years. The biggest increase in recent decades has been in girls ages 15-19, possibly because girls are more likely than boys to sunbathe and use tanning beds.
Children with melanoma are treated through the Rare Tumors Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Our treatment teams have expertise in treating even the rarest forms of cancer, and many of our specialists are also active researchers, providing your child access to the most advanced treatments available.
Find in-depth information on childhood melanoma on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website, including answers to:
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