Atypical lesions in paediatric patients
“Malignant melanoma in minors is a rare event”, said Dr Ryan Kelm of the Feinberg School of Medicine .
Despite this fact, efforts for prevention are still important. Recent reports have observed an increasing rate of paediatric melanoma up to 2004, followed by a decrease in the United States [3,4]. Paediatric melanoma decreased by 11.58% per year from 2004–2010 . A similar trend was noticed in the Netherlands .
Therefore, current incidence rates from the National Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) cancer database were assessed in a population-based study. The SEER database, providing data from 2000–2014, was searched for data from patients aged 0–19 years, and a diagnosis of malignant melanoma. A total of 1,796 cases (in 218 children aged 0–9 years, and in 1,578 adolescents aged 10–19) of melanoma were detected. Although the overall incidence rates for melanoma were only five pe...
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