Misconceptions About Melanin: Skin Treatments, Sun Care and Cancer Prevention in the Black Community
October 14 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
When only 1%-3% of dermatologists are Black and the five-year survival rate for a Black patient diagnosed with melanoma is only 65% versus 90% for white patients, we must ask ourselves “why?”. According to a JAMA Dermatology study in 2019, researchers who set up focus groups of African American dermatology patients found that many had negative experiences with doctors who did not understand the differences between black and white skin. If there is a lack of knowledge associated with Black skin and abrasive conditions like acne, hyperpigmentation and traction alopecia, imagine the effect that same lack of knowledge has on someone experiencing a harmful condition like melanoma.
Join us as we sit with key leaders in the dermatology and skin health ecosystem to discuss the common misconceptions about darker skin, what is being done to close the gap of knowledge and the newest innovations in sun care protection & skin cancer prevention.