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Melanoma on the Rise in Children, Young Adults

A recent study has shown that melanoma has increased dramatically in children and young adults. Doctors attribute this increase in part to the popularity of tanning salons, especially among high school girls.

Pediatric melanoma tended to be highest among Caucasian girls who had the highest exposure to ultraviolet radiation (from sunlight or tanning salons).

Doctors strongly recommend that parents limit the amount of time their children spend in the sun. Parents should also be sure to inspect their children's skin for changes in moles or freckles.



Source:
Contemporary Pediatrics Dateline, 4 November 2005



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