by Anne

Melanoma: Now a Disease of Young People

September 28, 2015

Once perceived as a disease primarily affecting middle-aged and older adults, melanoma is on the rise in young people.

In the latest issue of Sun & Skin News of The Skin Cancer Foundation, a recent study found that melanoma in children, adolescents and young adults has shot up by more than 250% since 1973, with the steepest climb in those between ages 15 and 39. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old.

On a hopeful note, the study also noted that melanoma survival rates are increasing, partly because of better treatments, and partly because the disease is being discovered at earlier stages.

To read the full article and more about melanoma in young people, visit The Skin Cancer Foundation at SkinCancer.org.