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AMA prioritizes sun-care education for people of color

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Increasing awareness of skin cancer risks among people of color was among policies adopted by the American Medical Association during its annual meeting in Chicago, the association reports June 15. "Hispanics and African Americans are screened less frequently for skin cancer and mistakenly believe that their chance for developing skin cancer is lower compared to Caucasians," group says. AMA will urge that all skin-care patients, regardless of race or ethnicity, use the same sun protection measures including sunscreen of at least SPF 15 and avoidance of sun during peak hours. AMA will seek to educate patients about risks, including fact that five-year survival rate from melanoma is lower in African Americans (58.8%) than Caucasians (84.8%). AMA notes also that incidence of melanoma among Hispanics over the past 15 years has risen to rates comparable to whites
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