Skin cancer also strikes people of color

July 19, 2010

USA Today

Flor Mayoral understands why so many of her Hispanic patients ignore warnings about too much sun, never use sunscreen and express absolute shock when they are diagnosed with skin cancer.

The Miami dermatologist says her patients have heard that those most at risk have pale skin, blond hair, blue eyes and freckles. "I am not blond, I don't have blue eyes and I don't have freckles," she says. "So I think you are not talking about me." And it's true that the risk for skin cancer is lower the darker your skin is — meaning most Hispanics and blacks in the USA are at lower risk than most whites... read more