The Department of Dermatology provides medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of skin conditions. 

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717-531-6820

Spring and summer mean beautiful, golden tans. But skin cancer is on the rise, and tanning beds can be one of the causes of melanoma. Melanoma is one of the most common and serious skin cancers. Tanning beds increase the risk of melanoma by using them just one time.

Melanoma

Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. It is the leading cause of death from skin disease. Melanoma can also involve the colored part of the eye.

Melanoma is caused by changes in cells called melanocytes, which produce a skin pigment called melanin. Melanin is responsible for skin and hair color. It can appear on normal skin, or it may begin as a mole or other area that has changed in appearance. Some moles that are present at birth may develop into melanomas.

There are four major types of melanoma:

  • Superficial spreading melanoma is the most common type. It is usually flat and irregular in shape and color, with different shades of black and brown. It is most common in Caucasians.
  • Nodular melanoma usually starts as a raised area that is dark blackish-blue or bluish-red. However, some do not have any color.
  • Lentigo maligna melanoma usually occurs in the elderly. It is most common in sun-damaged skin on the face, neck, and arms. The abnormal skin areas are usually large, flat, and tan with areas of brown.
  • Acral lentiginous melanoma is the least common form. It usually occurs on the palms, soles, or under the nails and is more common in African Americans.

Learn more about melanoma.

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Dermatology 

200 Campus Drive
Entrance 3, Suite 100
Hershey, PA 17033
717-531-6820