It's a myth that African Americans and other people of color can't get skin cancer. The truth is that skin cancers, including melanoma, affect Black and Hispanic people at a disproportionately deadly rate when compared to white people. So if you see something suspicious like a new, unusual growth or a change in an existing mole anywhere on your body, schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or dermatologist right away.
Here are some key facts:
- An average five-year melanoma survival rate is only 67 percent in Black people versus 92 percent in white people.
- Late-stage melanoma diagnoses are more common in Hispanic and Black patients than in non-Hispanic white patients.
- When skin cancer is found in Black and Hispanic people, they tend to be diagnosed at a later stage and, as a result, have a worse prognosis.
MedStar Health shares the following information to debunk common misconceptions around skin cancer and melanoma: