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Melanoma is the most fatal form of skin cancer, with an estimated 70,000 new diagnoses each year. While it typically affects adults, melanoma knows of no age, occasionally affecting children as well. In addition, children with melanoma are at a heightened risk of developing a second melanoma. Are children really more vulnerable to melanoma than adults?
A study followed 208,289 melanoma patients of all ages between the years of 1973 and 2010. Of that group, roughly 3 percent developed an additional melanoma. Research showed that individuals diagnosed with their first melanoma before the age of 20 were nearly twice as likely to develop another melanoma compared to those first diagnosed with melanoma later in life. What do these findings mean for us?
Regardless of age, regular complete body examinations are necessary, especially for fair-skinned, freckled individuals, those with many moles or a history of skin cancer or bad sunburn. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at diagnosing and treating many forms of skin cancer. Contact us today to schedule your complete body examination and learn more about how to protect yourself from the sun. Our nine conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens, Long Island (Roslyn/Albertson, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City, Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.