Dermatologist urges everyone to be aware of their risk and take steps toward prevention, detection —
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (July 28, 2016) — Because Caucasians have a higher skin cancer risk than the general population, people with skin of color may believe that they don’t need to be concerned about this disease — but new research reveals this to be a dangerous misconception.
According to a study published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
on July 28, although melanoma incidence is higher in Caucasians, patients with skin of color are less likely to survive the disease.
“Everyone is at risk for skin cancer, regardless of race,” says board-certified dermatologist Jeremy S. Bordeaux, MD, MPH, FAAD, one of the study authors. “Patients with skin of color may believe they aren’t at risk, but that is not the case — and when they do get skin cancer, it may be especially deadly.”