Pediatric melanoma in New Mexico American Indians, Hispanics, and non-Hispanic whites, 1981-2009. Academic Article uri icon

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  • Pediatric melanoma rates are increasing nationally. Our purpose was to determine the incidence of melanoma in New Mexico's (NM's) American Indian, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic white children.A retrospective review (1981 to 2009) of the NM Tumor Registry was conducted. Melanomas diagnosed in children <19 years of age were identified. Average annual age-adjusted incidence rates per million were calculated.Sixty-four cases were identified. Rates per million were 7.4 for non-Hispanic whites, 2.1 for Hispanics, and 3.3 for American Indians. Fifty-nine percent were women. Fifty-five (86%) cases were localized, 6 (9%) were regional, and 1 (3%) case was metastatic. Majority of cases (49/64; 77%) occurred in children >14 years of age. American Indians presented with thicker melanomas as compared to whites and Hispanics.Incidence rates for pediatric melanoma in NM are highest for non-Hispanic whites. Distant metastasis is uncommon. Melanoma in children is rare, but practitioners must be aware of its occurrence for prompt diagnosis and treatment.Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • March 2014

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2013.10.015

PubMed Identifier

  • 24581766


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  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Female
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Indians, North American
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Melanoma
  • New Mexico
  • Retrospective Studies
  • SEER Program
  • Skin Neoplasms
  • Young Adult