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Childhood Melanoma Symptoms

Melanoma symptoms vary from child to child. It’s a good idea to examine carefully any moles or other spots on your child’s skin.

The most common signs of pediatric melanoma are:

  • A bump that itches and bleeds
  • A wart-like spot, typically non-pigmented or a pinkish color
  • An odd-looking mole, especially a large one
  • A mole that looks completely different from a child’s other moles

Remember the ABCDEFs when examining your child’s moles:

  • Asymmetry: Is one side of the mole different than the other?
  • Border irregularity: Are the edges ragged or irregular?
  • Color variation: Is the mole getting darker? Is part of it changing color or does it contain several colors?
  • Diameter: Is the mole bigger than ¼ inch?
  • Evolution: Is the mole growing in width or height?
  • Feeling: Has the sensation around a mole or spot changed?

Pediatric melanoma is rare. If your child has any of the above symptoms, they likely are caused by a less serious problem. However, be sure to tell your doctor if you see any abnormal bump, mole or spot on your child’s skin.

If your child has been diagnosed with melanoma, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

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