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 childhood melanoma symptoms 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
When examining your child's moles, remember ABCDEF:
- 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.