Explore

Black People Should Wear Sunscreen, Too

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

Share

Black people are not immune to skin cancer. One of the most harmful health misconceptions about people with darker skin is that we don’t get sunburned and we don’t need to wear sunscreen. Your melanin may be poppin’, but it still needs to be protected from the sun.

According to skincancer.org, anyone can get skin cancer. While incidences of melanoma may be higher in Caucasians, it can be more deadly in people of color. Often undetected until it reaches later stages, melanoma in black people often results in the worst prognosis and lowest survival rate. 

Our high production of melanin does help protect the skin from UV exposure to a certain extent, but black people can still get sunburned and develop skin cancer from UV damage. Other risks include sun damage and skin discoloration. Therefore, no matter your skin tone, it is highly recommended to wear sunscreen every day as well as protective gear like hats and sunglasses even when it’s cloudy and the sun isn’t in sight.

Skincancer.org highly recommends doing monthly skin self-exams and seeing a dermatologist yearly to detect early signs of skin cancer. Here are also a few signs they say to look out for:

  • A bump, patch, sore or growth that bleeds, oozes, crusts, doesn’t heal or lasts longer than a month. This may indicate basal cell carcinoma.
  • An ulcer, scaly red patch, wart-like growth or sore that sometimes crusts or bleeds could be a sign of squamous cell carcinoma. This type of skin cancer can also develop in old scars or areas of previous physical trauma or inflammation.
  • New or existing moles that are asymmetrical, have an irregular border, more than one color, are larger than a pencil eraser or change in any way may indicate melanoma. Pay special attention to suspicious spots on the hands, soles of the feet or under the nails, which could signify ALM.

It’s important to note that Vitamin D, also known as The Sunshine Vitamin, is essential to good health including cell growth, immune and bone health. Since the body produces Vitamin D from sun exposure, it is important to get at least 20-minutes of direct sunlight a day. Just be sure to protect yourself!

Share
Travel Noire

Leah Freeman-Haskin

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

Woman Gets Stopped By TSA For Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

Woman Gets Stopped By TSA For Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

A passenger’s snack choice of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos recently caused an extra layer of security screening at Los Angeles International Airport. Emily Mei, 25, told USA TODAY that TSA officers at LAX pulled her aside Friday to search her carry-on bag which contained at least 12 bags of the Hot Cheetos. “I thought they were going to reach […]

Parker Diakite

Python Chases Tourists To Their Car While On Safari In Africa

Python Chases Tourists To Their Car While On Safari In Africa

A group of tourists on a safari in southern Africa got up close and personal with an unlikely visitor during their excursion through a remote part of the country. The tourists were traveling through Mozambique on their way to Ballito near Durban—a city on South Africa’s east coast. In the dramatic encounter, captured on film, […]

Parker Diakite

700 New Hotels To Be Added In Africa By 2025

700 New Hotels To Be Added In Africa By 2025

A total of 700 new hotel restaurants and bars are expected to open in Africa by 2025. These numbers are according to a new study released by the food and beverage strategy and design firm KEANE.  KEANE based its research on more than 400 food and beverage venues across 100 internationally branded hotels in major […]

Parker Diakite