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Entries in Melanoma (1)

Tuesday
Jun122012

FYI: Melanoma

- Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the 2nd most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old.

- And rates are increasing, between 1992 and 2004, melanoma incidence increased 45%
- Melanoma accounts for less than 5% of skin cancer cases, but it causes more than 75%of skin cancer deaths.
- Children with fair skin, freckles or red or blond hair have a higher risk of melanoma.
- Both genetic and environmental factors (UV radiation exposure) play a role in the pathogenesis of melanoma and just one blistering sunburn during childhood more than doubles a person's chances of developing melanoma later in life.
- If treated early, most melanomas are cured with surgical resection
- However, diagnosis and treatment, are delayed in 40 percent of childhood melanoma cases (and children who have been previously treated for melanoma are at an increased risk for recurrence later in life.)

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