The Importance of Being Sun Smart

It’s important to understand the relationship between melanoma and sun exposure. Most melanomas are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is why it is important to wear broad spectrum sunscreen, with an SPF of 30 or higher, to protect your skin. But, because fair-skinned people are most at risk for sun damage, it can be wrongfully assumed that darker-skinned individuals are not at risk for melanoma. This is false. The truth is, not all melanomas are caused by UV exposure. In fact, there is a type of melanoma that can occur without even requiring exposure to UV rays. Hear Trena discuss her experience of being diagnosed with melanoma as an African American.

African Americans and Melanoma

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