Lack of knowledge and a belief that dark skin protects against skin cancer are among the barriers preventing minority, uninsured, and immigrant populations from adopting methods for skin cancer prevention, according to results of a survey of uninsured individuals at a large, free medical clinic in South Florida. The study was published in JAMA Dermatology.

The rate of skin cancer diagnosis is rising in minority populations; among Hispanics it has increased by 22% since 1992, according to one estimate. Moreover, there is evidence that minorities are more likely to present with advanced stage and thicker melanomas that are not curable.

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