People of all colors, including those with brown and black skin, get skin cancer. Even if you never sunburn, you can get skin cancer.
When skin cancer develops in people of color, it’s often in a late stage when diagnosed. This can be deadly when the person has melanoma, a type of skin cancer that can spread quickly. Treatment for any type of skin cancer can be difficult in the late stages.
The good news is you can find skin cancer early. Found early, most skin cancers, including melanoma, can be cured.
There’s also a lot you can do to reduce your risk of getting skin cancer.
How people of color can find skin cancer
Because skin cancer begins on the skin, this cancer can be found early. The best way to find skin cancer is to check your own skin.
Here’s what dermatologists recommend for people who have skin of color:
|What you can do
||Skin self-exam: This is a full body exam of your skin|
|What you need
||A full-length mirror and a partner or handheld mirror|
|What to look for
People who have skin of color want to look for the following:
|How to check your skin||
|Where to look closely||
|What to do if you find something||
See a dermatologist. You can find a dermatologist near you by using Find a Dermatologist.