Cutaneous melanoma in childhood and adolescence

Merlin R. Hamre, Paul Chuba, Samee Bakhshi, Ron Thomas, Richard K. Severson

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Using population-based data from the Surveillance epidemiology and End Results Program of the National Cancer Institute, melanoma occurring during childhood was evaluated. Compared to adult cases of melanoma, childhood cases had a higher proportion of females (61%) and non-Caucasians (6.5%). The incidence of melanoma increased 85% among 15- to 19-year-olds from 1973 to 1996. Incidence for 15- to 19-year-olds was higher in southern (23. 9/million)(23.9/million) than northern registries (14.5/million). Non-Caucasians had 3-30% of the cases expected compared to Caucasians. Overall survival of children/adolescents with melanoma 89% and 79% at 5 and 20 years postdiagnosis, respectively. The majority of deaths were directly attributed to melanoma (72%).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-317
Number of pages9
JournalPediatric Hematology and Oncology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2002


  • Cancer incidence
  • Cause of death
  • Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results Program (SEER)
  • Survival


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