Publication date: Aug 11, 2022
There exists no study that demonstrates sunscreen reduces skin cancer risk in black people. But that same study also examined UV exposure and melanoma in other groups, including black women, white men and women, and Hispanic men and women. This is a surprising result, given that white people are the group in which the association between UV exposure and melanoma has been consistently demonstrated. Melanoma is a potentially deadly form of skin cancer that affects people of every racial and ethnic group. Even among white people, there is no relationship between sun exposure and the risk of acral melanomas. Exposure to ultraviolet, or UV, rays from the sun is the risk factor most closely linked to developing melanoma. In these other groups the researchers found no association between UV exposure and melanoma.