Melanoma and Other Skin Cancer

Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, grows in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin, the pigment that gives your skin its color. Melanoma can also develop in the eyes and, in rare cases, inside the body, such as the nose or throat.

Although the exact cause of all melanomas is unknown, exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from sunlight or tanning lamps and beds raises your risk of developing melanoma. Limiting your exposure to UV radiation may help lower your risk of developing melanoma.