American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 165–168 | Cite as

Need For Improved Skin Cancer Surveillance in Pediatric Cancer Survivors

  • Divya Sharma
  • Thomas Lee
  • Adam J. Friedman
  • Kelley Pagliai Redbord
Current Opinion


Survivors of pediatric cancer are at increased risk of developing secondary malignancies, with non-melanoma skin cancer being the most common. These patients are also at increased risk of melanoma. Currently, guidelines provided by the National Cancer Institute and Children’s Oncology Group emphasize the importance of annual clinical examination for skin cancer screening; however, the literature reports that less than one-third of survivors of pediatric cancer have ever had a clinical skin exam by a physician. In this article, we review the risk factors for skin cancer in survivors of pediatric cancer as well as the current evidence and recommendations for their care. We suggest that dermatologists collectively establish guidelines for skin cancer surveillance in survivors of pediatric cancer.


Compliance with Ethical Standards


No sources of funding were used to conduct this study or prepare this manuscript.

Conflict of interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest that are directly relevant to the content of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Divya Sharma
    • 1
  • Thomas Lee
    • 2
  • Adam J. Friedman
    • 2
  • Kelley Pagliai Redbord
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MedicineThe Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island HospitalProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyGeorge Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Medical Faculty Associates at the George Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA

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