Answers to Common Skin Cancer Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about skin cancer.

Are people with dark skin tones less likely to get skin cancer?

Yes. People with darker skin produce more melanin. That does help protect the skin. However, people of color can get a sunburn and skin cancer from UV damage. Anyone can get skin cancer.

The incidence of melanoma (one type of skin cancer) is higher in people who are Caucasian, but melanoma tends to be more deadly in people of color. That is why sun protection is so important for everyone.

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Source: J. Scott Wilcher, MD, North Dayton Surgeons; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Brent Kirkland, MD, Dermatologists of Southwest Ohio; American Cancer Society; National Cancer Institute

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