Melanoma in skin of colour – significance of ultraviolet light and prevention strategies

Melanoma in skin of colour – significance of ultraviolet light and prevention strategies

Publication date: Aug 20, 2021

Melanoma is a dreaded cancer that affects the skin. It is most common in fair skin as the protective pigment melanin is relatively sparse the fairer the skin is. However, melanomas can occur in those with dark skin as well. The relationship between exposure to ultraviolet light and melanoma is dark skin has been investigated by various studies and a firm link between the two has not been established. This has implications for prevention strategies as avoidance of sun exposure is not as important and regular self examination. The types of melanomas in dark skin tends to be different from those with white skin, with the area under the nails and mucosal surfaces more commonly affected. Public information campaigns to prevent melanomas in those with skin of colour should therefore be different compared to the conventional points raised in those with white skin. Subscribe and click the bell icon to stay up-to-date for more dermatology lectures!

Concepts Keywords
Environmental Sunburn
Hispanic Melanin
Ophthalmologists Human skin color
Picking Skin cancer
Tanning Cancer
Sun tanning
Organ systems
Cutaneous conditions
Melanoma prevention
Healthcare factors
Uveal melanoma


Type Source Name
disease MESH Melanoma
pathway KEGG Melanoma
disease MESH cancer
drug DRUGBANK Nonoxynol-9
disease MESH diagnose
disease MESH risk factor
drug DRUGBANK Methionine
disease MESH scars
disease MESH development
disease MESH aging
disease MESH melasma
disease MESH hyperpigmentation
disease MESH skin cancers

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