DARK-SKINNED PEOPLE GET SKIN CANCER TOO

Some people might assume that, because they have dark skin, they should not worry about skin cancer. The fact is, however, that African-Americans and others should have their skin checked regularly. While melanin (skin pigment) does offer people with dark skin some natural protection against harmful ultraviolet rays and sunburns, too much sun exposure can lead to skin cancer. Among African-Americans and Asians, malignant melanoma is most commonly located on hands and feet. Basal cell carcinoma is most common among Hispanics and Asians and second most common among African-Americans and South Asian Indians.  Squamous cell carcinoma is most common among South Asians and African-Americans and is usually found on the legs or the genital areas.

Regardless of your ethnicity, you need to protect your skin from exposure to harmful UV rays by wearing sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors and avoiding prolonged exposure to the midday sun.  Please call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 if you notice an unusual mole or lesion on your skin.  We incorporate the most advanced diagnostic and treatment methods for skin cancer.  Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, Elmhurst. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist 

P.S. Basal cell carcinomas appear as a growing bump with blood vessels, which tend to bleed easily. In ethnic populations, they may be dark brown or black.

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