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Old 01-09-2009, 03:14 PM
MatthewStabile is offline
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I think it would be fair to say that more black people die from melanoma due to the cancer being undetected, not because they are more susceptible. Google melanoma and look at the images, I wouldn't notice most of the milder images if they appeared on my ex girlfriend, who is half black half white.

Melanoma is one of the most treatable cancers out there, because it can be discovered in early stages. The cancer is harder to detect on dark skinned people, so it is more deadly on those individuals.

I bring this up because without knowledge of that, it may be easily assumed that since more black people die from melanoma, that there must be more cases with dark skin than with light skin, but I'm sure that isn't the case. Melanin helps protect against sunburn and skin damage, but as a cite already said, it isn't enough for long term sunlight that gives people sunburns and increases risk of getting sun cancer.