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Melanoma in Young People

Johns Hopkins Expertise

Faculty in the Johns Hopkins Melanoma Program have expertise in melanoma among children, teenagers and young adults. They have authored several editorial articles and recently completed one of the largest review studies of outcomes in young melanoma patients. Results of this pivotal study are forthcoming.

Information You Need to Know

Melanoma is extremely rare among children younger than 10. Melanoma is unusual, although not rare, in teenagers and increases in incidence with increasing age. Children at higher risk for developing melanoma may have freckles, tan poorly, have a family history of melanoma or have an increased number of moles. The prognosis depends on tumor thickness and stage of disease.