Sneaky Secrets About Skin Cancer in Dark Skin
A little bit of built-in SPF doesn't mean you're off the hook. See why every complexion under the sun is at risk
The Solution: Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes
Latinas should be on the lookout for sores and lesions that don't heal (or have lasted for longer than a month), and anything that is bleeding, oozing or crusting, which indicate basal cell carcinoma. African American women should look out for healing ulcers, growths, sores and scars from previous injuries -- especially on the legs, where squamous cell carcinoma hits most women of color. Don't forget to examine your palms, nail beds and toes, and the next time you're at the salon, ask your stylist to check for any suspicious areas on your scalp or other hard-to-reach areas, like behind your ears, for anything that looks unusual.
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