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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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.

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