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Dark skin doesn't prevent cancer

11th August 2006

04042006_laughter.jpgPeople with dark skin are more likely to die from skin cancer than those with fairer skin, US researchers at the Cincinnati University warn.

The disease is less common in those with dark skin, but when it does occur it is typically more aggressive and diagnosed later, leading to more deaths.

Dr Hugh Gloster, the Lead researcher said that there is a perception that people with darker skin don't have to worry about skin cancer, adding "Minorities do get skin cancer, and because of this false perception most cases aren't diagnosed until they are more advanced and difficult to treat. Unfortunately, that translates into higher mortality rates."

Dr Gloster warned at the American Academy of Dermatology in San Diego that doctors should make sure that all of their patients, regardless of race, self-check for skin cancers and use sunscreen.

 

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