Skin cancer is the most common malignancy in the United States. Although skin cancer is less common in patients with skin of color, it is associated with increased morbidity and mortality rates as compared to those in Caucasians. This statistical imbalance holds significant public health concern. Despite increased public awareness of skin cancer, many physicians do not immediately associate or recognize skin cancer in skin of color. While current skin cancer campaigns focus primarily on Caucasian patients in high-risk groups, little is known about sun-protective behaviors in patients with skin of color. Unlike melanoma, nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSC) are not consistently reported to tumor registries, making collection of statistics for skin cancer in skin of color challenging. According to the 2000 census, 50% of the US population is projected to be nonwhite by the year 2050. This changing demographic, combined with the disparate mortality in patients of color, underscores the urgency for physicians to become familiar with skin cancer in their patients of color to better educate them on their risk factors, early detection, and prevention of this highly treatable disease.
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