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Sun Exposure; Ultraviolet Rays 

Melanoma cancer 

A sunburn is a radiation burn to the skin produced by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, commonly from the sun''s rays. A similar burn can be produced by overexposure to other sources of UV, such as tanning lamps and welding arcs. Exposure of the skin to lesser amounts of UV will often produce a suntan. Sunburn. Image courtesy of John L. Bezzant, M.D. and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. Enlarge Sunburn. Image courtesy of John L. Bezzant, M.D. and the Spencer S. Eccles Heal...

Melanoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the skin cells called melanocytes (cells that color the skin). Melanocytes are found throughout the lower part of the epidermis. They produce melanin, the pigment that gives skin its natural color. When skin is exposed to the sun, melanocytes produce more pigment, causing the skin to tan, or darken.


Sunburn as related to Melanoma