Illustration showing skin cancer caused by sunlight

Illustration showing skin cancer caused by sunlight

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Credit: JOHN BAVOSI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Skin cancer. Abstract illustration of skin cancer caused by sunlight, showing a setting sun over a "landscape" of human skin in section. Cancer cells (blue) are spreading through the epidermis (red) and dermis (yellow). Skin cancer is most common in the elderly, pale-skinned, and people who live in hot sunny climates. In Australia over half the population has had skin cancer by age 75. The condition shown here is malignant melanoma, a type of skin cancer caused by tumours of pigment producing cells in the epidermis. Malignant melanomas usually start in moles, and are caused by mutations induced by ultra-violet radiation in sunlight. They can be fatal if not treated early.

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Keywords: artwork, cancer, condition, disease, disorder, epidermis, illustration, malignant melanoma, medical, medicine, melanoma, skin, skin cancer, sunburn, sunlight, sunlight effect

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