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Sun safety: how to protect your child from the greatest cause of skin cancer

21-05-2015
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According to Dr. Lisa Chipps, assistant clinical professor of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), director of dermatologic surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, skin cancer is primarily viewed as a disease of adulthood, meaning many parents may not consider their child is at risk. "However," Dr. Chipps told Medical News Today, "melanoma accounts for up to 3% of pediatric cancers and 6% of cancer cases in teens 15-19 years old." There is currently no registry or database that tracks cases of skin cancer among children in the US, but a 2013 study published in the journal Pediatrics found the rate of melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer - rose 2% annually among children aged 0-19 between 1973 and 2009.