Breanne Owens, Pediatric Melanoma

Diagnosed 01/01/2011

Breanne Owens is a 5-year survivor of childhood melanoma. She was diagnosed at the age of six after her mother discovered what resembled a wart on Breanne’s right leg that wouldn’t heal. Soon after, Breanne came to MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital where she had surgery to remove the melanoma and received interferon chemotherapy. Now, Breanne only comes back to the Children’s Cancer Hospital for checkups every four to six months with her pediatric oncologist.

Other than that, the healthy sixth-grader from Houston has gone back to life as usual, playing with make-up, keeping up with the latest trends and taking lots of photos with her friends. She openly shares her story with others to teach them the importance of sun safety.