"People of color often believe that they’re protected from the sun because they have darker skin tones and are less likely to burn,” said board-certified dermatologist Hassan Galadari, MD, FAAD, who maintains a private practice in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “However, due in part to this belief, the five-year melanoma survival rate for African-Americans and Latinos is lower than for Caucasians. Since sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, it’s important that everyone, including people of color, protect their skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.”
To protect your skin and reduce your risk of skin cancer, Dr. Galadari recommends that everyone: - Seek shade whenever possible. Remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. A good rule of thumb is if your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
Wear sun-protective clothing. This includes a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt and pants, as well as a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection. - Wear sunscreen when outdoors. Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Generously apply it to all exposed areas of the skin – including your scalp, ears, neck and lips. Remember to reapply after swimming or sweating.
- Use extra caution near water, snow and sand, as they reflect the sun’s damaging UV rays, which can increase your risk of sunburn. You can still get a sunburn even if you’re in the water and feeling cool, since UV rays can reach below the water’s surface.
“In addition to preventing skin cancer, it’s important for people of color to regularly examine their skin in order to detect skin cancer early, when it’s most treatable,” said Dr. Galadari. “When skin cancer is diagnosed in people of color, it is often found in areas of the skin that are not typically exposed to the sun. In fact, the bottom of the foot is where 30 to 40 percent of melanomas are diagnosed in people of color.” #skin #skincare #skincancer #cancer #dermatology #skinofcolor #dubai #mydubai #uae #aad #americanacademyofdermatology #melanoma #sunscreen #sunblock #spf #ultraviolet #uva #prevention #health