Diagnosis and Treatment for Atypical Moles and Melanoma in Children

Moles are common in children.  They may be present at birth or can appear later.  While most moles are benign (not cancerous), melanoma, a type of skin cancer, sometimes forms from or within a mole.  The Pediatric Melanoma and Nevus Clinic addresses the diagnosis and treatment of atypical moles or skin cancer that can affect children’s health.

Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital offers a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment of atypical moles and melanoma.  Our team includes physicians in dermatology, pediatric oncology, plastic surgery, pediatric surgery, and pediatric otolaryngology (ENT) with support of radiology, dermatopathology, and genetics.

Our clinic treats patients with:

  • Melanoma (a type of skin cancer)
  • Skin lesions concerning for melanoma
  • Atypical moles, including atypical Spitz nevi
  • Large or giant congenital moles
  • Familial skin cancer predisposition syndromes

Treatment of large or atypical moles and melanoma requires coordination between many specialists.  Our clinic makes it a priority to coordinate care and follow-up with multiple specialists in a timely manner, preferably on the same day. 

All care is provided by pediatric specialists with board certification in their specialties.  In addition to treating your child, the Pediatric Melanoma and Nevus Clinic helps to advance clinical and scientific knowledge about these conditions through participation in databases and clinical trials.

For patients with skin cancers, the clinic offers the child-centered and family-friendly care of St. Louis Children’s Hospital, with the world-class expertise of the Siteman Cancer Center.  We recognize that although our patients may live with a cancer diagnosis, they are children first.  Our family-centered care philosophy creates a strong healing environment for both patients and their families.

Clinics are held twice monthly on Thursdays at St. Louis Children’s Hospital Specialty Care Clinic in west St. Louis County.

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