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Skin Cancer & Skin of Color
If you have skin, you can get skin cancer. While darker skin tones may be less susceptible, skin cancers account for 1 to 2 percent of all cancers in Black people, 2 to 4 percent in Asian people and 4 to 5 percent in Hispanic people. Skin cancer in people of color tends to be diagnosed at a later stage and with a worse prognosis. The Skin Cancer Foundation put together this brochure to offer awareness and facts.
First, learn about some of the biggest myths and misconceptions when it comes to skin cancer in skin of color. For example, there’s the long-held belief that skin cancer in dark skin isn’t caused by the sun when, in fact, squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer highly associated with sun exposure, is the most common type of skin cancer in Black people.
Then read about Josh Paschal, a football player who was diagnosed in college at age 19 with acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM). This uncommon, aggressive and potentially deadly type of skin cancer appears on the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet or under the nails. Josh had a lengthy recovery, but he wasn’t permanently sidelined by the disease. Today, the NFL player urges everyone to get regular skin checks.
The brochure includes QR codes so readers can visit SkinCancer.org for additional facts about skin cancer in people of color and to read more about Josh’s ALM journey.
NUMBER OF PAGES: 6
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2023
Henry W. Lim, MD