Study Finds Delays in Skin Cancer Diagnosis for Blacks and Hispanics

January 4, 2010

The New York Times

Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to develop melanoma, but when they learn they have it, the skin cancer is often at an advanced stage, a new study of cases in Florida has found.

The study, in The Archives of Dermatology, used data from the Florida Cancer Data System, a statewide cancer registry, to analyze 41,072 cases of melanoma diagnosed from 1990 to 2004. The cases included 39,670 in non-Hispanic whites, 1,148 in Hispanics and 254 in blacks... read more