Melanoma accounts for up to three percent of all pediatric cancers.
Between 1973 and 2001, melanoma incidence in those under 20 rose 2.9 percent.
Melanoma is seven times more common between the ages of 10 and 20 than it is between 0 and 10 years.
Diagnoses - and treatment - are delayed in 40 percent of childhood melanoma cases.
Ninety percent of pediatric melanoma cases occur in girls aged 10-19.
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