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Incidence of Pediatric Invasive Melanoma Has Declined Since 2002

Key clinical point: The incidence of melanoma in children aged younger than 20 years in the United States has decreased in the past 2 decades, while survival rates have slightly increased.

Major finding: The hazard ratio of death from invasive melanoma was significantly increased in males (HR, 2.34), black patients (HR, 3.96), other nonwhite patients (HR, 3.64), and in cases where surgery was not performed (HR, 6.04).

Study details: An analysis of 1,620 patients aged younger than 20 years from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database.

Disclosures: The researchers reported having no financial disclosures.