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Anyone Can Get Skin Cancer--Even if They Have Darker Skin


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Statement from National Cancer Institute clinical-research nurse Irene Ekwede ("eck-way-day") in:
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(EKWEDE):
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YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THAT PEOPLE WITH LIGHT SKIN, LIGHT-COLORED HAIR, AND BLUE OR GREEN EYES HAVE A GREATER RISK FOR DEVELOPING SKIN-CANCER.  BUT, DID YOU KNOW THAT PEOPLE WITH DARKER SKIN ARE AT RISK FOR SKIN-CANCER, TOO?  IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER YOU CONSIDER YOUR SKIN [TO BE] LIGHT, DARK, OR SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN--ANYONE CAN GET SKIN-CANCER.  WHILE SKIN-CANCER IS LESS COMMON AMONG PEOPLE WITH DARKER SKIN, IT IS OFTEN DETECTED AT LATER OR ADVANCED STAGES.  IN FACT, DATA SHOW THAT, WHEN MINORITY-AMERICANS ARE DIAGNOSED WITH MELANOMA--THE MOST-SEVERE FORM OF SKIN-CANCER--IT IS USUALLY AT A LATER STAGE, WHEN THE DISEASE IS HARDER TO TREAT.  THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE HAS CREATED A BROCHURE THAT CONTAINS THE FACTS [THAT] YOU NEED TO KNOW [IN ORDER] TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SKIN-CANCER:  YOU CAN ORDER 'ANYONE CAN GET SKIN-CANCER' AT 1-800-4-'CANCER'--THAT IS, 1-800-422-6237--OR [YOU CAN] DOWNLOAD A COPY AT W-W-W-DOT-'CANCER'-DOT-GOV-SLASH-'PUBLICATIONS'.  SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY--SO THAT YOU CAN ALL TRY TO AVOID SKIN-CANCER, AND STAY HEALTHY."



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