Anyone Can Get Skin Cancer
- By The National Cancer Institute
- July 2nd, 2012
Anyone Can Get Skin Cancer - Learn How to Protect the Skin You're In!
You may have heard that people with light skin, light-colored hair, and blue or green eyes have a greater risk for developing skin cancer. But did you know that people with darker skin are at risk for skin cancer too? It doesn't matter whether you consider your skin light, dark, or somewhere in between-anyone can get skin cancer.
While skin cancer is less common among people with darker skin, it is often detected at later or advanced stages. In fact, data show that when African Americans and other minority Americans are diagnosed with melanoma, the most severe form of skin cancer, it is usually at a later stage, when the disease is harder to treat.