Need For Improved Skin Cancer Surveillance in Pediatric Cancer Survivors

Abstract

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.

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Sharma, D., Lee, T., Friedman, A.J. et al. Need For Improved Skin Cancer Surveillance in Pediatric Cancer Survivors. Am J Clin Dermatol 18, 165–168 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40257-016-0241-1

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