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When I was young, I would go to the beach to “lay out” with sun tanning oil and enjoyed the sun. I love sun bathing at the beach. I love getting sun-kissed and sometimes dark. (I tan very easily) However, as I’ve gotten older, and being in the medical field, I’ve learned that skin cancer does NOT shy away Hispanics nor African Americans. Cancer does not care what ethnicity you are. After educating myself, sunscreen has become my friend. I actually wear huge sun hats and baseball caps. There are times I go without a cap but very rarely to the beach.
Few facts about Melanoma. ⭐️Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, develops in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin — the pigment that gives your skin its color. Melanoma can also form in your eyes and, rarely, in internal organs, such as your intestines.
The exact cause of all melanomas isn't clear, but exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight or tanning lamps and beds increases your risk of developing melanoma. Limiting your exposure to UV radiation can help reduce your risk of melanoma.
Fair skin. Having less pigment (melanin) in your skin means you have less protection from damaging UV radiation. If you have blond or red hair, light-colored eyes, and freckle or sunburn easily, you're more likely to develop melanoma than is someone with a darker complexion. But melanoma can develop in people with darker complexions, including Hispanic people and black people.(Mayoclinc)