Experts: Sunblock crucial for all skin colors

August 07, 2018 12:19 PM

(NBC News) A survey from the Skin Cancer Foundation finds a majority of African American men and women do not use sunscreen. 

Melanoma is 20 times more common in fair-skinned people, but it does occur in African Americans. When it does, it’s far more deadly.

Melanoma is often diagnosed in African Americans at later stages, when it’s less likely to be cured. 

Courtney Clayton is a medical assistant at the GW Medical Faculty Associates near Washington, D.C. She says part of the problem is a misconception that people with darker skin don’t need sun protection. 

“It’s hard because you had years and years and years of what you don’t need, and that’s not true. We do need it,” said Clayton. 

Experts say the need for sunblock does not change no matter what your skin…

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