Skin Cancer: Rare childhood skin cancer rocks family

30 Mar 2021 - Skin

A pesky skin tag on the back of Hayden Price’s head turned into the most shocking diagnosis. At just seven years old, the schoolboy had melanoma that had spread to his lymph nodes. The latest data from Cancer Council Queensland shows that there were only three children under the age of 10 diagnosed with melanoma in the state in the five years between 2013 and 2017. There were only five aged between 10 and 14 years old. Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) co-medical director Professor Richard Scolyer, who is the world’s leading melanoma pathologist, confirmed the difficult diagnosis. He said while melanoma was rare in young children, it was a dangerous misconception that it was just an older person’s disease that occurs after decades of sun exposure. “Melanoma is in fact the most common cancer in 15 to 39-year-old Australians,” Prof Scolyer said.

Courier Mail; 30/03/2021; Page 13