Pediatric Melanoma

According to the Melanoma Research Foundation,

"Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is on the rise in both adults and children. Although pediatric melanoma is quite rare, a 2013 study published in the journal Pediatrics indicated that diagnoses are rising in the U.S., particularly in the age group of 15-19 years, by approximately 2% each year. The National Cancer Institute estimates that approximately 500 children in America are diagnosed each year. Additionally, a 2015 study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology contained a comprehensive genomic analysis of pediatric melanoma - finding unique genomic features for each of the three subtypes of pediatric melanoma - and suggests compelling evidence that UV exposure may play more of a role than initially thought in this disease, primarily regarding conventional pediatric melanoma."  You can read more on their website at

Special thanks to Dr. Wayne Cruse, Dr. Michael Harrington, Dr. Vernon Sondak, Lee Ziliak,  Dr. Jane Messina, Dr. Tobin,  Dr. Wishnew, Dr. Damon Reed, Dr. Haulk,  Nurses Rita & Melissa,  Moffitt' Cancer Center's Cutaneous , Surgical & PACU Staff, All Children's Hospital Staff, Tampa General Hospital staff, North Brandon Little League, Jim Sullivan & all the Filthy Anglers, Lighthouse Center for Creative Learning, American In-Home Care, and all of our friends  &  family for their support!    ~ Dan, Lisa, Caleb, Collin, Cody, Corbin, Caden & Carleigh