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Pediatric Melanoma


Jeffrey Goldstein, MD practices at Cardon Children's Medical Center. 

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Image: Remains on-screen throughout video: Chroma key backdrop reflects small images of playing children with overlaying text: PEDRIATIC MELANOMA

Text: Pediatric Melanoma cases have grown 150%

Image:  Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein speaks on-camera throughout video.
Jeffrey Goldstein, MD
Head of Pediatric Plastic Surgery - Cardon Children’s Medical Center

Audio:  “The number of children with pediatric melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer, has grown more than 150% from 1975 to 2005 according to figures from the National Cancer Institute.”

Text: 1 of every 100 cases

Audio:  “While children only represent one of every 100 cases, this disturbing trend should be a real health concern to parents.”

Text: If Diagnosed Early – Cure Rate Is High If Diagnosed Late – Life Threatening

Audio:  “If diagnosed or removed early, the cure rate for melanoma is high. If diagnosed late, pediatric melanoma can spread and be life threatening.”

Text: A cancer of the pigment producing cells of the skin

Audio:  “The disease, a cancer of the pigment-producing cells of the skin, manifest differently in children than in adults.”

Text: Can be the same color as the skin

Audio:  “Sometimes, the growth can be the same color as the child’s normal skin.”

Text: They may grow deeper instead of larger

Audio:  “The lesions may also grow deeper instead of larger. Children most likely to develop a melanoma…”

Text: Easily Sunburned, Light Hair, Blue Eyes, Pale Skin

Audio:  “…are easily sunburned and generally have light hair, blue eyes, and pale skin. However, this does not rule out melanoma developing in children with darker pigments.”

Text: Increased time in the sun without sunscreen

Audio:  “Doctors believe that the increase in melanoma in adolescents and children can be explained by increased time in the most harmful ultraviolet portion of sunlight, such as going to the beach or playing outdoors without using sunscreen properly and often.”

Text: Sunburns, Use of tanning beds

Audio:  “Other causes include the prevalence of sunburns and the use of tanning beds in adolescents. Because young people and children are less likely to notice if a mole has grown or changed, it is important for parents to…”

Text: Regularly check child’s skin – every quarter

Audio:  “…regularly check their children’s skin for differences in freckles, moles, or other skin marks. Checking your child every three to four months could mean the difference between a small surgery and a deadly diagnosis.”

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