Today marks the start of Skin Cancer Awareness Month. For some of us, the age-old saying of “Black don’t crack” has been a free-pass to skip sunscreen and not worry as much about skin care. While it’s true that darker skin provides some protection from UV rays, studies show that when Blacks do get skin cancer, it is often discovered in advanced stages and, as a result, is more deadly.
Here’s a quick look at a few skin cancer statistics from the National Cancer Institute that might shock you.
In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness month, check back for more news and advice on how you can reduce your risk of melanoma in this month-long series.