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Childhood Melanoma Symptoms

Some of the common symptoms of childhood melanoma include:

  • A bump that itches and bleeds
  • A wart-like spot, typically non-pigmented or a pinkish color
  • An amelanotic lesion – meaning they aren’t black or darkly pigmented like many adult melanomas
  • Odd-looking moles, especially large ones
  • A mole that looks completely different from a child’s other moles

Remember the ABCDE’s when studying moles:

  • Asymmetry
  • Border irregularity
  • Color (although many pediatric melanomas are non-pigmented)
  • Diameter (larger than ¼ inch)
  • Elevation

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  • Most advanced diagnostic methods
  • One of the world’s largest melanoma programs
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