Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer in Teens

Nonmelanoma skin cancer rates in teens are on the rise. Although most basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas are diagnosed in older adults, more of these cancers are being diagnosed in teenagers than they were in the past. This trend is mainly attributable to the fact that more of today’s teenagers are using artificial tanning booths and spending time in the sun without applying sufficient amounts of protective sunscreen. Studies have found that people who use tanning devices have 2.5 times the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma than people who do not tan at all. 

Similar to older adults, adolescents and young adults who notice unusual moles or lesions on their skin should promptly discuss them with a dermatologist or oncologist. This can help increase the chance that cancer – if present – will be caught early, which can lead to a wider selection of treatment options.

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we offer a complete range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for skin cancer patients of all ages. However, we work specifically with a high volume of patients in the teen and young adult age group, and we understand the unique challenges that come with being diagnosed with cancer early in life. As a result, we have developed a specialized Adolescent and Young Adult Program, which is designed to:

  • Assist with the unique emotional challenges of undergoing skin cancer treatment as a teen or young adult
  • Connect patients with others in the same age group, who can often provide moral and social support
  • Research and implement the most effective skin cancer treatments for patients in their teens and 20s

To learn more about Moffitt’s approach to treating nonmelanoma skin cancer in teens and young adults, contact us today. Referrals are not necessary to make an appointment; call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online.