Download the WREG news and weather apps today

More Caucasian Children Are Being Diagnosed With Malignant Melanoma

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(Memphis) Are tanning beds to blame?

Some doctors think so.

That’s because cases of malignant melanoma in light-skinned children are going up.

A new study published in the Journal Pediatrics shows between 1973 and 2009 more than 1,200 Caucasian children were diagnosed with the disease.

The overall rate of pediatric melanoma increased by an average of two percent a year.