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.