of Color Needs Sun Protection
Dermatologists are not the
only doctors who say that everyone needs sun protection. At the
Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA), doctors
from different specialties agreed that people of all colors need to:
Protect their skin from
the sun with sunscreen or clothing
Avoid the sun when the
rays are the strongest
Get skin cancer
There is strong evidence to
support these recommendations. According to a news release issued by
the AMA, “the incidence of melanoma (a skin cancer that can be
deadly) in Hispanics over the past 15 years has risen to rates
comparable among whites.”
This news release also reported that African Americans who develop
melanoma have a 5-year survival rate of 58.8%. In Caucasians, 84.8%
of people diagnosed with melanoma are alive 5 years later. The
reason for this difference seems to be that when melanoma develops
in African Americans, diagnosis comes late.
These findings mean that everyone needs skin exams. Melanoma has a
high cure rate when detected early. Without early detection and
proper treatment, the outcome is not so favorable.
The American Academy of Dermatology offers free skin cancer
screenings throughout the United States and publishes information to
explain how people can protect their skin from the sun. You will
find links to these pages below.
Be Sun Smart®
Free Skin Cancer Screenings
Skin Cancer: A Fact of Life in Skin of
American Academy of Dermatology.
Melanoma Fact Sheet.
American Medical Association, “AMA
Adopts New Policies During Final Day of Annual Meeting.” News
release issued June 15, 2010. Last accessed June 28, 2010.
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term “skin of color” refers to diverse skin types and
complexions. It includes people who have one or more of
the following ancestries: