When to introduce routine skin cancer screenings

Dermatologist Karyn Grossman, MD, shares advice for parents on the best time to introduce routine skin cancer screening for your child, and what age kids most often develop skin cancer
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When to introduce routine skin cancer screenings

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The average child should get their initial skin cancer screening around age 10 to 12. 90% of pediatric melanomas are curtain children from age 10 to 19 and melanoma is the 2nd most common cancer in children from age 15 to 29 so you do definitely want to get your child screened. Children that may need earlier screening include children who have lots of moles already, children who have had large mole since birth or children that have significant family history of skin cancer. During that initial screening the dermatologist will be able to determine frequency at which your child need to be followed and will also give you and your child information and education in how to detect cancer in early stage and how to prevent skin cancer from developing.

Dermatologist Karyn Grossman, MD, shares advice for parents on the best time to introduce routine skin cancer screening for your child, and what age kids most often develop skin cancer

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Karyn Grossman, MD

Dermatologist

Karyn Grossman, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in cosmetic dermatology in Santa Monica, CA and New York City. Her offices are "home" to thousands of elite patients with the highest of standards. Dr. Grossman attended a highly competitive, accelerated six-year premedical and medical program at Boston University and completed her residency and fellowship at Harvard University. Dr. Grossman has been featured in many broadcast and print media outlets to provide consumers expert information on cosmetic procedures, skin care and sun protection. Some television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, the Martha Stewart Show, and The Doctors. She has been listed as one of the top cosmetic surgeons by Town & Country, Vogue, C Magazine, More Magazine, The New York Times, and L.A. Confidential. 

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