FICTION. While squamous cell skin cancer occurs less frequently in Hispanic, black, and Asian patients than in lighter-skinned individuals, it is the most common skin cancer in people of color. It can also be more dangerous in these populations. For example, the mortality (death rate) from squamous cell skin cancer is 18% in black patients. Why would this be the case? The first reason is that the diagnosis is often delayed. Often, when people of color seek treatment, their skin cancer is more advanced and less treatable. The second reason is it frequently presents on sites of scars, trauma, or compromised skin in these populations. As we will discuss more in Staging, tumor location on these damaged skin sites is associated with worse outcomes. So, please be sure to get skin checks if you are a person of color! And be particularly careful to protect scars/damaged skin in the sun.