Although white patients had a higher incidence of cutaneous melanoma, overall survival was significantly lower for minority patients compared with whites, according to research recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

“Everyone is at risk for skin cancer, regardless of race,” researcher Jeremy S. Bordeaux, MD, MPH, FAAD, of the department of dermatology, University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, in Cleveland, stated in a press release from the American Academy of Dermatology. “Patients with skin of color may believe they aren’t at risk, but that is not the case — and when they get skin cancer, it may be especially deadly.”

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