The following are resources that you may find helpful in learning more about skin cancer in people of color.
American Academy of Dermatology Association
Bradford PT. Skin cancer in skin of color. Dermatol Nurs. 2009;21(4):170-178. PMID:19691228
Burns C, Andrews D, Taylor A. Staying safe under the sun: How melanin levels can significantly affect skin cancer risk. EWG. 2021. Accessed August 15, 2023. https://www.ewg.org/news-insights/news/2021/09/staying-safe-under-sun-how-melanin-levels-can-significantly-affect-skin
Cestari T, Buster K. Photoprotection in specific populations: Children and people of color. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016;76(3S1):S110-S121. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2016.09.039
Cormier JN, Xing Y, Ding M, et al. Ethnic differences among patients with cutaneous melanoma. Arch Intern Med. 2006;166(17):1907-1914. doi:10.1001/archinte.166.17.1907
Dador D. American Academy of Dermatology releases new sunscreen guidelines for people with darker skin tones. ABC7 Eyewitness News. August 3, 2023. Accessed August 15, 2023. https://abc7.com/american-academy-of-dermatology-skin-cancer-screening-recommendations-darker-tones-fair-skinned-sunscreen/13594757/
Fernandez JM, Mata EM, Bubic BN, Kwan KR, Whitley MJ, Wysong A. Racial and ethnic differences in males with melanoma: A retrospective cohort study of 205,125 cases from the National Cancer Database. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2023. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2023.05.080
Gloster HM Jr, Neal K. Skin cancer in skin of color. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2006;55(5):741-764. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2005.08.063
Gupta AK, Bharadwaj M, Mehrotra R. Skin Cancer Concerns in People of Color: Risk Factors and Prevention. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2016;17(12):5257-5264. doi:10.22034/APJCP.2016.17.12.5257
Ramji R. Basal cell carcinoma in skin of colour. DermNet. Accessed August 15, 2023. https://dermnetnz.org/topics/basal-cell-carcinoma-in-skin-of-colour
Skin of Color Society
As a Black woman, Jacqueline Smith never thought she was at risk for skin cancer. Then, at only 22 years old, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma. Read her survivor story below.