Study: Melanoma Increasing in Florida Minorities with Dark Skin

by: cancercompass

According to a new study from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, melanoma rates are increasing among minorities in Florida, which conversely compares to national melanoma trends.

Researchers studied nearly 110,000 patients, 36,000 of whom were Florida residents. The researchers discovered that male Hispanics from Florida had a 20% higher incidence of melanoma, and African-American females had a 60% higher incidence of the disease. However, Floridian Hispanic women had lower rates of melanoma.

Several studies have shown that while light-skinned people are more likely to develop the most deadly form of skin cancer, those with dark skin are more likely to be diagnosed while in the advanced stages of the disease.

“We hope that the analysis of ethnic disparities in melanoma will prompt public health initiatives,” Panta Rouhani, M.D., the study's lead researcher, stated in a University of Miami news release. “The development of educational campaigns on sun safety and skin cancer awareness should be tailored to the unique needs of Florida.”

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