True or False: Hispanics and People with Dark Skin Don't Get Melanoma
FALSE – According to SkinCancer.org, skin cancer rates among
Hispanics are skyrocketing in the US. Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin
cancer, has risen almost 20 percent among Hispanics during the last two decades.
The widespread misconception that people with darker skin are not at risk of
skin cancer has led to too little use of sun safety techniques (seeking shade,
wearing protective clothing, and using sunscreen). Also, because of this
misconception, Hispanics are often diagnosed at a later stage thereby
decreasing survival rates. All races, no matter what their ethnicity or skin
tone, should use sun protection regularly, do monthly skin self-examinations,
and see a dermatologist annually. The
Risk Is Real.