Cutaneous malignancy in adolescents.

Diane N. Turvy, Lawrence A. Mark

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There is compelling epidemiologic evidence that cutaneous malignancies, most notably malignant melanoma and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, are increasing in incidence. The adolescent population is also affected by this rise in incidence, but can represent both a unique diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Herein we present up-to-date epidemiology, clinical presentation, risk factors for development, and management options for malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma as each pertains to the adolescent population. Prevention in this age group is particularly addressed. One unifying theme that emerges is that a high degree of clinical suspicion and vigilance must be maintained to recognize these entities early on in their presentations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-76, viii
JournalAdolescent medicine: state of the art reviews
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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