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To sound really stupid here, but can a teenager die of skin cancer?

19 doctors weighed in
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
8 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Even a young child can develop melanoma.
Melanoma is the number one killer in young people under the age of 30. Teenagers can get all the different types of skin cancer (basal cell, squamous cell, melanoma) along with some less common forms. If you have a family history of melanoma and/or have a lot of moles, best to get regular check-ups with a dermatologist.

In brief: Yes

Even a young child can develop melanoma.
Melanoma is the number one killer in young people under the age of 30. Teenagers can get all the different types of skin cancer (basal cell, squamous cell, melanoma) along with some less common forms. If you have a family history of melanoma and/or have a lot of moles, best to get regular check-ups with a dermatologist.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Dr. Willa Terry
Everyone should use appropriate barrier sun protection , including sunscreen, while also avoiding all indoor tanning beds, to decease the risk of developing skin cancer. Melanoma is a particularly serious form of skin cancer.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Extremely rare

Melanomas are rare in children with the exception of large birthmarks.
If there is concern or a strong family history an exam by a dermatologist is warranted.

In brief: Extremely rare

Melanomas are rare in children with the exception of large birthmarks.
If there is concern or a strong family history an exam by a dermatologist is warranted.
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Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Skin cancer deadly

Some skin cancers can be caused by genetic factors and do not need 40 + years of incubation to come out after severe sunburns.
Some melanomas are diagnosed in children and if melanomas are not diagnosed early, they can be fatal. If a child has many moles, or a spot that has changed in any way, please have them see a dermatologist.

In brief: Skin cancer deadly

Some skin cancers can be caused by genetic factors and do not need 40 + years of incubation to come out after severe sunburns.
Some melanomas are diagnosed in children and if melanomas are not diagnosed early, they can be fatal. If a child has many moles, or a spot that has changed in any way, please have them see a dermatologist.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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Dr. Timothy Rodgers
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Fortunately skin cancers are rare in children, but the deadly form of skin cancer called melanoma, can occur in children.

In brief: Yes

Fortunately skin cancers are rare in children, but the deadly form of skin cancer called melanoma, can occur in children.
Dr. Timothy Rodgers
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Rare

It is rare, but unfortunately yes.

In brief: Rare

It is rare, but unfortunately yes.
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possible, not likely

Cancers can affect people of any age, and skin cancers are no different.
However, skin cancers in teenagers and young adults are very rare. Skin cancer prevention starts early however, so don't forget to wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. If you have any suspicious lesions get them checked out by your doctor or dermatologist.

In brief: Possible, not likely

Cancers can affect people of any age, and skin cancers are no different.
However, skin cancers in teenagers and young adults are very rare. Skin cancer prevention starts early however, so don't forget to wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. If you have any suspicious lesions get them checked out by your doctor or dermatologist.
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