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Do dark–skinned people need sunscreen?

Q:Do dark–skinned people need sunscreen?


A: Yes. Although dark skin does offer more natural protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays (UV) than light skin, no one is immune to the damage caused by the sun. This damage may ultimately lead to skin cancer.

It is important for darker skin types to take preventive measures to protect their skin and eyes from overexposure to the sun. Many cases of skin cancer in people with darker skin are often not detected until later stages, when it is more dangerous. Acral lentiginous melanoma, a very dangerous form of the disease, is more common among darker-skinned people.

The good news: Most skin cancers can be found early with skin exams. Check your skin each month, paying careful attention to any suspicious growths, and make sure you have an annual professional skin checkup. Keep an eye out for any suspicious growths, especially on the palms and soles of the feet.

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