(Reuters Health) Even though Caucasians are much more likely to develop skin cancer than other ethnic groups, people of color who do get the disease are less likely to survive, a U.S. study suggests.

Among nearly 97,000 patients with melanoma – the rarest and deadliest type of skin malignancy – white patients had the highest likelihood of survival, followed by Hispanics, and then Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islanders. African-American patients had the worse survival odds of all.