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Skin cancer might not be top of mind as a significant health threat, but beware – just because your skin is darker does not mean you are immune to skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, many non-Caucasian women have the misconception that they are immune to the sun’s harmful rays. In fact, a recent study surveyed 65% of women with rich complexions who said they felt they were not at risk for skin cancer. But the reality is that for Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American women, early detection of melanoma is just as important as it is for others with fair-skinned .
Here are the alarming stats: Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer and the chance for survival is increasingly grim as it advances. The 5-year survival rate for Black women with skin cancer is 78% versus 92% for White women. And, the risk is increasing among Hispanics. In a nutshell, rich complexions have a lower risk for melanoma because they have more melanin, but because early warning signs are frequently overlooked the cases are more likely to be fatal at a later stage.
So, be smart about your sun and apply a broad spectrum sunscreen daily to protect against UVA and UVB rays. We recommend EXTRASHADE Daily Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion because it has a gentle, invisible finish that won’t leave skin white or flaky. Plus, it’s infused with powerful antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients.