A 16-year-old African American girl went to the doctor with erythema covering her nose, cheeks, and upper back that appeared after a day trip to an amusement park where she got a lot of sun. There were also a few scaly plaques on these sites. Her mother is concerned about her daughter’s obvious weight loss. The daughter also stated that she was constantly fatigued, and has experienced joint pain and recurring headaches over the past few weeks.
The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) 8th Edition Melanoma Staging System includes important changes pertaining to T1 melanomas. The role of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) continues to evolve, particularly for thin melanomas. A contemporary international dataset is being applied to develop sophisticated and accurate personalized prognostic tools.
About one third of the more than 118,000 people who received free skin cancer screenings from the AAD’s SPOTme program in 2009 and 2010 indicated they had recently seen a change in the size, shape or color of a mole.