Dr. Sivparasad. Consultant Dermatologist, Member EAD&V
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers in United States and other parts of the world. But it is easiest to cure if diagnosed and treated early. When allowed to progress, skin cancer can result in disfigurement and even death.
Screening and detections of skin cancers by an expert dermatologist familiar with dermoscopy and other modern methods of melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers, can prevent their high incidence and its morbidity.
The age old concept that fair skin is more prone to skin cancer and coloured skin is protected is found to be changing. It is due to protective action of high amount of Melanin (the colour pigment in skin) present in Asian population. More and more reports of various atypical skin cancer is getting reported in Asian population now a days. Still the ill effect of prolonged exposure to UV light from sun is evident in the coloured skin also.
While skin cancer is rarer in people of colour, it does occur and can be extremely serious when diagnosis is delayed.
For example, melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is 20 times more common in white Caucasians than in African Americans, but people with darker skin are at greater risk of late diagnosis with advanced, thicker melanomas and lower survival rates