Melanoma in children and adolescents.

  title={Melanoma in children and adolescents.},
  author={Sandra Jones Wu and David R. Lambert},
  journal={Pediatric dermatology},
  volume={14 2},
Melanoma is a life-threatening and rare malignancy in childhood and adolescence. Because it is so uncommon, melanoma may not be recognized readily or considered seriously in a differential diagnosis, resulting in delays in definitive treatment. We review melanoma occurring in 13 patients under 20 years of age who presented to a single tertiary care children's hospital. Five patients had nonmetastatic primary cutaneous melanoma, with Breslow thickness measurement ranging from 0.84 to 7.8 mm… CONTINUE READING