Save the Date for the Walk! Saturday, October 14, 2017 - Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health

Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. It begins in a type of skin cell called a melanocyte. As part of the tanning process these skin cells produce large amounts of skin pigment or melanin to help protect the skin from burning. Although it accounts for only about 5 percent of all skin cancer cases, melanoma is the leading cause of all skin cancer-related deaths – nearly 80 percent. Melanoma can appear suddenly as a new mole, or it can develop slowly in or near an existing mole. In men, melanomas are often found between the shoulders and hips or the head and neck area. In women, melanomas often develop on the lower legs as well as between the shoulders and hips.

Gorder Walk for Melanoma

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center