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Melanocytic lesions in paediatric patients part 3: Melanoma

Prof Giuseppe Argenziano explores the clinical and dermoscopic characteristics and considerations of melanoma in children, with real patient examples.

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In the final installment of a three-part series exploring melanocytic lesions in paediatric patients, Professor Giuseppe Argenziano focuses on melanoma: a rare but critical diagnosis in children.

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In the video, Prof Argenziano explores the important findings of a systematic review of 1,000 published cases of paediatric melanoma, including two major outcomes:

  1. While 70 per cent of melanomas in adults arise de novo (and therefore only 30 per cent of melanomas in adults arise from existing naevi), 48 per cent of all melanomas in children under the age of 11 arise from an existing naevus and 52 per cent arise de novo.
  2. There are significant differences in melanoma survival rates between adults and children. 

Prof Argenziano goes on to describe the three patterns of cutaneous primary melanoma found in paediatric patients.

See all this and much more in the full video below!

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Prof Giuseppe Argenziano is Professor and Head of the Dermatology Unit at the University of Campania, Naples, Italy; Co-founder and past president of the International Dermoscopy Society; and Editor-in-Chief of Dermatology Practical and Conceptual Journal. His main research field is dermato-oncology, authoring numerous scientific articles and books concerning dermoscopy, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. As coordinator of the Melanoma Unit at the Campania University, he has established a successful tertiary, multidisciplinary, referral center particularly devoted to the diagnosis and management of patients with melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.

Over the past 25 years, Prof Argenziano has supervised over 500 foreign and Italian residents in dermatology, established scientific collaborations with 1500+ colleagues from more than 50 nations, and organised more than 500 national and international didactic meetings, courses and conferences (such as the Consensus Net Meeting on Dermoscopy and the First Congress of the International Dermoscopy Society).

Prof Argenziano has authored more than 650 full scientific articles and produced landmark primary publications and books in the field of melanoma and dermoscopy. Over the past 25 years he has been invited as speaker and/or chairman in more than 500 national and international conferences in the field of dermatology. His combined publications have received a sum total of 15.250+ citations with an h-index value of 61 (Scopus 2020).


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