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Latino Daily News

Tuesday July 19, 2011

STUDY: Hispanics Need to Practice Sun Safety Procedures Regardless of Skin Color

STUDY: Hispanics Need to Practice Sun Safety Procedures  Regardless of Skin Color

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Many Hispanics especially those that have not been in the U.S. for long periods of time tend to ignore sun-safety procedures that most others follow.

A recent study by dermatologists pointed out that many Hispanics “misunderstand” their risk for skin cancer or melanoma.  Many do so because they already have dark skin tones and assume there is no risk for skin cancer. 

Hispanics that have lived in the U.S for many years and have a command of the English language tend to wear sun screen but do not follow other sun safety procedures such avoiding the sun, covering up when working out doors, etc… .

Experts fear that Hispanics, especially those with darker skin, are not aware that approximately 70,000 Americans will get melanoma this year.

Though Hispanics have a lower rate of melanoma occurring than whites, when they do get this type of cancer it is typically at a later, more dangerous stage.