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Melanoma of the Skin

Melanoma is a type of cancer in skin cells that produce the pigment that colors the skin (melanin). It is the most dangerous and one of the most common cancers among adolescents and adults under 40. Most melanomas are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. However, a growing number of people are being overexposed to sun rays and other sources of artificial UV radiation used in industry and other settings such as indoor tanning (using a tanning bed, booth, or sunlamp). Read more about skin cancer.

Measures are presented as either annual data at the state level or as five year aggregate data at the county level.

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