Pediatric Melanoma: Becoming More Common

Author: Dr. Bobby Buka

Pediatric melanoma is becoming more common, and it’s exceptionally serious. Pediatric melanomas need to be caught, recognized early, and excised. Excision is currently our only method for treating pediatric malignant melanoma.

We’re not sure why pediatric melanoma is on the rise. However, based on the depth of the melanoma discovered, we need to either excise it alone or join our oncology colleagues who may elect to remove lymph nodes in the area to make sure the melanoma has not spread.

Pediatric melanoma is treatable, but we need to act quickly when it is discovered to make sure that this rapidly malignant carcinoma does not spread to  surrounding tissue.