After reading the study by Berg et al1 in the December 1997 issue of the ARCHIVES, we contend that the authors should be more cautious in their conclusions. Based on a retrospective study of 30 cases of malignant melanoma and 120 controls matched for age, sex, and hospital, the authors conclude that there is "no significant risk of developing childhood malignant melanoma after phototherapy of the skin in neonates with hyperbilirubinemia."
Cabana MD, Garg P, Yan AC, Diener-West M. Phototherapy in Neonates. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1998;152(8):818. doi:10.1001/archpedi.152.8.818