Facts about skin cancer in black people

It is not true that people with darker skin tones are immune to skin cancer. Black people and those with darker skin tones can and do get skin cancer. However, skin cancer is not a frequent occurrence among black people.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, people with darker skin tones often do not receive a diagnosis until the cancer is in its later stages. This tends to be because the symptoms are harder to recognize.

Late stage diagnosis can be life threatening. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the 5-year melanoma survival rate for black people in the United States is 65%, compared with 91% for white people.

Keep reading to learn more about skin cancer in black people and what people can do to help prevent it.

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