Noncancerous, Precancerous and Cancerous Tumors

Picture of Acute Sunburn

Picture of Acute Sunburn

Sunburn is the inflammatory response that occurs in the skin after exposure to the UV rays from the sun, a tanning bed, or other sources. Sunburn is an indicator that skin damage has occurred. A sunburn appears pink to red in color. Severe sunburns may also be associated with edema, tenderness, pain, and blisters. This picture shows a patient with clearly demarcated areas of sunburned skin on the upper back, neck, and shoulders. The patient also has several very large, atypical melanocytic nevi (moles), which confer an increased risk of developing malignant melanoma.

Source: Color Atlas of Pediatric Dermatology Samuel Weinberg, Neil S. Prose, Leonard Kristal Copyright 2008, 1998, 1990, 1975, by the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Text Reference: American Academy of Dermatology: “Treating Sunburn”