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Many blacks are unaware of a skin cancer that primarily affects dark-skinned people
Washington Post

Betty Jordan always regarded melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, as a white person’s disease. “Whenever I heard the word, my mind would automatically think: ‘Caucasian,’ ’’ she says. “It was something I never worried about.’’ Dark-skinned people produce more melanin — the pigment that gives skin its color — than Caucasians. Melanin helps block damaging ultraviolet rays from the sun and from artificial light sources such as tanning beds, giving people of color greater protection against skin cancer than whites. But they still are susceptible.