Skin cancer does not discriminate on basis of color

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I went out with my friends to watch 2010 FIFA soccer world cup final on a big screen at a local sports bar.  The sports bar has put up a screen in an open field and the place was crowded.  It was a bright day and Sun at its full swing.  Luckily one of the friends brought a sunscreen and I applied some of it to save my skin from prolonged UV rays.  On the other hand one of my friends joked that he has dark complexion and did not need sunscreen.

If you are believer of the fact that people with most at risk have pale skin, blond hair, blue eyes and freckles are the only ones at a risk of skin cancer due to prolonged exposure to sun, you are not doing yourself any favor.

Studies have shown that blacks and Hispanics are much less likely than whites to get melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer.  But, they are much more likely to be diagnosed at a late stage and die from it. One recent study was conducted on 41,072 melanoma patients in Florida. The study revealed advanced cases of melanoma in 12% of whites, 18% of Hispanics and 26% of blacks.

Dermatologist around the country have revealed that black and Hispanics are under assumption that they are not liable for skin cancer and do not need sunscreen.  This has raised a concern among American...



Medical Association and passed a resolution calling for greater skin cancer prevention efforts aimed at “communities of color.”

The AMA resolution said people of all skin colors should

  • use sunscreen,
  • limit sun exposure and
  • have regular skin exams

Flor Mayoral, Miami dermatologist have message for colored people that you, too, can get skin cancer. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is: If you have a mole that is changing in size or color or is bleeding, you need to have it looked at.

This summer, the American Academy of Dermatology is dispatching doctors to discuss the risks on radio stations popular with black and Hispanic listeners.

I think risk of skin cancer due to prolonged exposure of sun or UV rays is a real threat.  You should make an effort to take care of your skin before the cancer develops.  Sun provides vitamin D to the body, but there may be other ways of giving Vitamin D to your body than prolonged exposure to sun.

Source: USATODAY

4 Responses

  1. I am 100% agree with you. There is no relation between skin cancer and skin color type however many people think that cancer can cause only those person having white skin, which is not at all true. This is also one of the reason why people in such countries having whitish skin people does not much aware about sun screen applications.

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