Melanoma is More Common Than You May Think

Every year more and more Americans are diagnosed with malignant melanoma. For the past 30 years the number of Americans diagnosed with melanoma each year has grown by at least 3% per year. It is easy to assume that melanoma is only a problem for Americans with European ancestry or those with light complexion. However, Melanoma rates for Hispanic Americans and African Americans have increased more rapidly than for Americans of European descent. In addition, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and African Americans have lower survival rates than Americans with European ancestry. Melanoma truly is a deadly disease that can affect us all. The best way to protect oneself against this deadly killer is to practice sun safety and to see a board certified dermatologist for complete skin exam. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

By: Tarek M. Fakhouri, M.D.