Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. People of all skin colors are at risk. The best way to protect skin health and prevent skin cancer is to limit sun exposure.
Avoid prolonged time in the sun, and choose to be in the shade rather than in direct sunlight. Wear protective clothing and sunglasses, and use sunscreen between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunscreen is especially important at that time.
Myths vs. Facts: Sunscreen & Sun Protection for Some Only?
Studies show that minority populations, particularly Hispanics and Blacks, do not regularly wear sunscreen or take other steps to protect themselves from the sun.
Sun damage, including sunburn, happens no matter what the skin color is. Darker skin may not show these visible signs of sun damage as readily.
It’s true that skin cancer is more common in those with lighter skin. In fact, just 1-2% of all skin cancers occur in Blacks, 2-4% occur in Asians, and 4-5% in Hispanics. So by the time they see a doctor for a suspicious spot, the cancer is more advanced and difficult to treat.
Bob Marley (Robert Nesta Marley), the Jamaican Reggae music legend, singer and songwriter, had a type of melanoma that appeared first under the nail of his big toe.